Madeline Bacchus, Intake and Outreach Specialist
Ms. Bacchus has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University. Prior to working at the FHJC, she spent multiple years in the non-profit field working on women’s rights and access to resources. At the Cambridge Women’s Center, she developed a passion for fair housing while working with low-income women in Boston.
Paul Carlson, Financial Manager
Mr. Carlson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University in Environmental Studies and has also studied accounting and database management at NYU. He has over 20 years of experience with New York-based nonprofits including fair housing testing, door-to-door canvassing, environmental education, computer programing, database management, and bookkeeping.
Lizette Carrion, National Projects and Investigations Coordinator
Ms. Carrion has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics. She has worked as an actor in television, film, and theatre since 1994. Throughout her acting career, she has contributed her time and talents to various community action groups and civil rights organizations and previously worked as a tester with the FHJC’s Acting for Justice program. Ms. Carrion is bilingual in English and Spanish. Ms. Carrion has coordinated systemic testing investigations that have resulted in the filing of numerous federal fair housing cases. She has also developed and implemented effective testing protocols for investigating lending practices.
Charlotte Cohn, Investigative Coordinator
Ms. Cohn holds an MFA in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School and has enjoyed an extensive career in theatre as an actor, director, and commercial producer. Her most recent play Church & State, which centers around gun violence in America, will have 59 productions across the U.S. by the end of 2020. Ms. Cohn started working as an FHJC tester in 2016 before joining the staff in 2019 as a full-time Investigative Coordinator.
Stuart de Butts, Intake Analyst
Ms. de Butts has a Master of Public Policy degree from the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy at the University of Virginia where she also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Before joining FHJC, she gained experience in civil rights law and housing policy as an intern at the Department of Justice, through her graduate thesis about a local non-profit’s emergency assistance program, and as a fellow for a community redevelopment effort created in response to the August 11th and 12th violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Lucille Duncan, Office Manager
Prior to joining FHJC, Ms. Duncan worked as a tester with Westchester Residential Opportunities and FHJC before joining the staff in her current position. She is an actress specializing in devised, immersive theater and has enjoyed an eclectic career Off-Broadway and regionally. Ms. Duncan has been privileged to contribute her time and talents to various community development and rights organizations over the years such as The New Voices Project, working in schools with Theatre for a New Audience; The Watts Village Theater Company, co-directing their first production at the WLCAC and Theaters Against War, formed to protest the war in Iraq.
Alaine Dungee, Director of Investigations
Ms. Dungee began working as an Investigative Coordinator with the FHJC in 2015. Since joining FHJC, Ms. Dungee has coordinated hundreds of testing investigations, including complex systemic investigations, and testified in several legal cases. She was promoted to Senior Investigative Coordinator in 2017 and, in 2021, became FHJC’s first Director of Investigations. Prior to joining FHJC, Ms. Dungee worked as a Court Advocate for a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to criminal justice reform. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern University of Arizona in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctorate degree from Vermont Law School. During her law school career, Ms. Dungee interned for the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) in Washington DC as well as the Orange County State’s Attorney’s office in Chelsea Vermont.
Fred Freiberg, National Field Consultant
Prior to co-founding the Fair Housing Justice Center in 2004, Mr. Freiberg worked for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice where he directed a national testing program that he helped to establish in 1992. From 1999 – 2002, Mr. Freiberg directed the field work in two national research projects conducted by The Urban Institute involving testing – a study of mortgage lending practices and the national Housing Discrimination Study (HDS). During the 1980s, Mr. Freiberg worked as a fair housing consultant for private and public fair housing organizations. Mr. Freiberg was a founder and the first Executive Director of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council from 1977-1981. Mr. Freiberg’s professional activities for fair housing span more than forty years during which time he has testified in dozens of fair housing cases, published articles on fair housing, and received numerous awards for his accomplishments in the fair housing field. He was also the Executive Producer for the documentary, A Matter of Place. In 2016, he appeared in “A House Divided,” an episode from the EPIX Original docu-series called America Divided. From 2016-2019, he consulted with Newsday on the largest investigation into real estate practices conducted by any media outlet in the nation. He is featured in the resulting story “Long Island Divided” and appeared in the video documentary Testing the Divide. Mr. Freiberg is one the nation’s leading experts on the use of testing as an investigative tool to enforce civil rights laws. Mr. Freiberg stepped down as FHJC’s Executive Director after serving in this position for nine years and now works part-time on fair housing projects of national significance.
worked as a tester with FHJC’s Acting for Justice program from 2008 to 2020 before joining the staff in his current position. He holds a BFA in acting from New York University. In the course of his acting career he worked extensively on and off-Broadway, in regional theater, and in film and television. As a filmmaker, he produced and directed pieces for the news magazine Out at the Center; and he also produced the award-winning short film Deflated, a snapshot of a boy’s gender crisis. In the nonprofit field, he has worked in development as a campaign associate for both Amnesty International and Human Rights First.
Andrea Hayward, Investigative Coordinator
Ms. Hayward has a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University. Prior to working at the FHJC, Andrea spent eight years advocating for adults with developmental disabilities and training direct support professional staff at YAI National Institute for Disabilities. Ms. Hayward also spent over ten years working in the arts as an Actors Equity Association Stage Manager where she worked at regional theaters, national tours, off-Broadway and participated in fundraising for Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids.
Madhulika Murali, Legal Coordinator
Ms. Murali holds a Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law and an undergraduate law degree from the University of Oxford. During her studies, she explored her passion for social justice work. Prior to joining the FHJC, she served as the Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow at the Community Justice Project in Miami, where she focused on eviction defense and racial justice work. During her law school career, she gained experience interning at several nonprofit organizations including the Center for Art Law in Brooklyn, the Anti-Trafficking and Labor Exploitation Unit in London and the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics in Singapore.
Britny McKenzie, Policy Coordinator
Ms. McKenzie has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Molloy College. During her studies, she discovered her passion for social justice and now focuses on housing, education, and healthcare. Prior to working at FHJC, she gained experience in both a government agency and a non-profit organization.
Frank Oleszko, Investigative Coordinator
Mr. Oleszko has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management from the State University of New York College at Purchase where he received the Senatorial Appreciation Award in recognition of outstanding service as Chairman of the Public Arts Council and School of the Arts Senator. Prior to working at the FHJC, Frank spent six years working in Arts Administration in fundraising, development, marketing and production for various performing arts centers in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Oleszko is also a musician, playing drums and percussion in various genres of music.
Chip Underwood, Investigative Coordinator
Mr. Underwood has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins University. He began his civil rights work in 2008 as an intern and tester for the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), where he participated in nationwide investigations into illegal housing practices. He subsequently worked as a test coordinator in the fair housing program at the Equal Rights Center in Washington, DC, and moved on to serve the organization as Testing and Special Projects Program Manager, where he developed and oversaw nationwide testing investigations into unlawful discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.
Craig Waletzko, Community Engagement Coordinator
Mr. Waletzko worked as an FHJC tester from 2009 to 2019 before joining the staff as FHJC’s full time Community Engagement Coordinator. He holds a BFA degree in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and has worked extensively for over 30 years in film, television, regional theaters, national tours and on Broadway. Mr. Waletzko has also helped produce several independent theater productions, and has worked as production coordinator for large-scale corporate sales and training events.
Marie Winfield, Deputy Director
Prior to joining the FHJC, Ms. Winfield worked as an Associate to an urban planning firm, focused on land use, zoning, environmental reviews and community-based planning. From 2020-2021, she served as FHJC’s Legal Director. She holds a B.S. from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering and a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2020.