About Us

Coalition for Queens (C4Q) fosters the Queens tech ecosystem to increase economic opportunity and transform the world’s most diverse community into a leading hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Established in 2011, we are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit that aims to create a tech community that is reflective of our society, with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. 

We work with some of New York's leading business and philanthropic companies to build an innovative, inclusive, and diverse Queens tech community.


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THE TEAM

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Jukay Hsu

Founder / Growth & Opportunity

Raised in Flushing, Queens, Jukay’s interest in economic and community development began in high school, when he was a volunteer and Chairman of the American Red Cross Queens Chapter Youth Group while serving as Student Body President of Stuyvesant High School during September 11, 2001. After graduating from Harvard College, Jukay served as a U.S. Army officer where he commanded a rifle platoon in Iraq and earned the Bronze Star Medal. Jukay led economic development and governance initiatives for two Iraqi districts, and founded the first private provincial radio station with Iraqi reporters. After military service, Jukay returned home and founded Coalition for Queens because of tech’s potential to empower people and communities. Jukay was honored to serve as the youngest member of Mayor de Blasio’s Transition Team. He currently serves as a member of the Mayor’s Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force and is the President of the Stuyvesant H.S. Alumni Association.

jukay@c4q.nyc

 
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David Yang

Co-founder / Product & Design

David first developed his interest in the built environment during his formative years growing up in the semicircular “crescents” of Rego Park, Queens. An architect and designer, he holds a B.Arch from Cornell University and earned a M.Arch at Yale University. David worked for three years in the New York office of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates designing skyscrapers and large city masterplans before embarking in a career in tech. David worked as a designer on the winning team at NYC Startup Weekend EDU and has won numerous hackathon competitions. Driven by his desire promote design, education, and community in Queens and NYC, David is working on everything from graphics to research to outreach.

david@c4q.nyc

 
 

Aliya Merali

Learning & Access

Discovering her passion for physics in high school, Aliya believes in the significance of STEM learning and educational access for all. After receiving her B.S. in physics from The College of New Jersey, Aliya joined the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory to execute and evaluate educational programs in plasma physics. Aliya's interest in urban efficiency and the power of data science ultimately led her to pursue a M.S. in Urban Science and Informatics from NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, where she used data science to tackle real-world challenges in the urban context. Combining her ardor for educational access with her belief in the empowering nature of technology, Aliya now leads educational initiatives for C4Q. 

aliya@c4q.nyc

 

Malina Tran

Community & Partnerships

Malina cares deeply about thriving diverse cities, and is interested in how tech can intersect with economic development to create access and opportunities. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, she made her way to the east coast as a New York City Urban Fellow upon graduation from UCLA. In her fellowship, she worked at the Department of Transportation and helped manage WalkNYC, a pedestrian wayfinding project, and an evaluation of the City's public art program. Malina was most recently a special projects manager for the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a local development corporation, where she worked on the planning and fruition of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. Malina oversees external relations and community-building efforts, and her role spans policy and government engagement, volunteer coordination, and event activation.

malina@c4q.nyc

 
 

... and You!

Coalition for Queens is a small but growing team dedicated to growing the tech community in the borough we call home. We have many exciting projects — from events to education and advocacy — and we’re always looking for new volunteers and members!

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Adam Belanich: Co-founder of Joyride Coffee
  • Michael Borofsky: SVP at MacAndrews & Forbes
  • Jennifer Hensley: Executive Director of ABNY
  • Jukay Hsu: Coalition for Queens
  • Soo Kim: Managing Director, Standard General
  • Andrew Kirby: Former President, Plaxall
  • Sam Mandel: Partner at Betaworks
  • Josh Miller: Co-founder of Branch, Product at Facebook
  • Jessica Milner: Covington and Burling LLP
  • Elias Roman: CEO and co-founder of Songza
  • Carl Schuman: StormHarbour Securities LP
  • Marleen Vogelaar: Co-founder of Shapeways
  • David Yang: Coalition for Queens
 

 

BOARD OF ADVISORS

  • Dawn Barber: Co-founder of NY Tech Meetup
  • Steve Choi: Executive Director, New York Immigrant Coalition
  • Carol Conslato: Public Affairs, ConEd; Former President, Queens Chamber of Commerce
  • Congressman Joe Crowley: U.S. Representative, New York 14th District
  • Mark Peter Davis: Managing Partner, Interplay Ventures
  • Alex Garvin: Professor of Urban Planning & Management at Yale University
  • Rachel Haot: Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology for NYS
  • Jessica Lawrence: Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup
  • Congresswoman Grace Meng: U.S. Representative, New York 6th District
  • Reshma Saujani: Founder, Girls Who Code