About Us

The Sustainable Port Chester Alliance is a coalition of faith, civic, housing and labor organizations, and community members, committed to building the power to secure responsible development, affordable housing, and good jobs, and to safeguarding human and civil rights in Port Chester.

Board of Directors

Tom Kissner, President
Joan Grangenois-Thomas, Secretary
Joe Dullea
Chris Calabrese
Phyllis Maguire

Perla Zuniga Arellano, Community Organizer

Perla Zuniga Arellano has lived in Port Chester since she migrated from Mexico at the age of 3 with her family. She graduated Port Chester High School in 2013 and then attended Westchester Community College where she majored in Criminal Justice Law-Police.  With a lot of effort, dedication and two scholarships she was able to graduate with Business Honors and as a member of the Alpha Beta Gamma society, in May, 2018.

 

I love the work I do with the Alliance in helping my community all I can.  I got accepted to John Jay College of Criminal Justice which is a dream come true!  I plan to keep studying to be able to educate myself and gain more experience that will benefit my community and me even more!

Joan Grangenois-Thomas, Executive Director

Joan Grangenois-Thomas is a 30-year resident of Port Chester, otherwise known as a ‘newbie’ to the community!  She owns a successful boutique public relations firm that specializes in working with nonprofit and social enterprise organizations.  Joan has a long history working with a variety of causes and organizations, including Port Chester Cares (as founding co-chair), the Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester League of Women Voters (board member), Port Chester/Rye NAACP (past president), Edison School PTA (a long time ago), as well as various Port Chester School Board Parents Committees.  She and her husband, David, have two children who graduated from Port Chester schools.  Joan is also a graduate of Leadership Westchester, a program of Volunteer-New York!

The Alliance is unique in Port Chester.  There has never been a group that works to empower all those who have been marginalized, individuals, business owners, young people, everyone.  It is a huge challenge but it is also a huge opportunity and I’m excited to be a part of that.”


Chris Calabrese
Chrin Calabrese brings 25 years as an advocate for social and economic justice to the Alliance.  Through his work with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), he has lead and organised campaigns that have improved the lives of working people.  Currently he holds the title of Business Agent with CWA 1103.  Chris is also on the Executive Board of Don Bosco Workers, Inc., where he helped organize an innovative anti-wage theft campaign called “No Pay, No Way.”  Chris is a believer in strategic direct action mobilizing as a means for meaningful change.


 

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