Staff Bios

Andrew Reicher joined UHAB in 1978 as Director of Technical Assistance & Research and has served as Executive Director since 1981. Under his leadership, UHAB's base of resident-run and resident-owned HDFC co-ops has grown from several dozen to more than 1,600 buildings in New York City. UHAB’s self-help approach has expanded from a single focus on housing cooperatives to include tenant associations struggling to preserve their affordable housing in the face of gentrification and expiring use restrictions.

Anya Irons, Deputy Executive Director, joined UHAB in 2007. She also serves as General Counsel (UHAB’s sole in-house attorney). With legal matters an integral part of preserving the affordable co-ops created by UHAB, she helps ensure the survival of this unique form of homeownership and fields issues on co-op management and interest inheritance. Anya’s other legal specialties include elder law and wills, trusts, and estates. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and New York Law School.

Samantha Kattan, Director of Organizing and Policy at UHAB, has an MS in Community and Regional Planning with a focus on affordable housing policy and participatory planning from the University of Texas at Austin. She joined UHAB in 2014, providing technical assistance to limited-equity co-ops and facilitating meetings and training workshops to strengthen co-op governance. In her current role, she supports tenant organizing projects in Crown Heights, Brownsville and East Harlem. 

Oscar McDonald
was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He studied Political Science at Pace University and received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. Oscar Joined UHAB in 1994 as a Field Services Supervisor after working in affordable housing in South East Washington, DC, for the previous four years. He has served as UHAB’s Director of TIL/HDFC Training & Technical Assistance since 1996. Under his guidance and with a staff ranging from eight to 12 project associates at any given time, his team has provided more than 100,000 human-hours of housing management and maintenance guidance to tenants, boards of directors, and other shareholders.

Marina Metalios has been active almost 30 years in the New York City tenant and housing justice movement. She is an original and current board member of TenantPAC, a former board member of NYS Tenants + Neighbors Coalition, and an active leader in her own Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Tenant Association. Since 1994, she has been employed at UHAB, helping to turn slumlord-owned buildings into low-income co-ops in New York. Now UHAB’s Director of Training & Special Projects, Marina has also been a Project Manager, coordinating the financing and rehabilitation of buildings in cooperative conversions, and head of the Organizing Department at UHAB.

Emily Ng is Director of Member Services with UHAB, providing cost-saving resources to NYC’s co-ops primarily through bulk procurement, financial literacy education and tools, and energy efficiency programs. Currently, she manages UHAB’s Co-ops Go Solar team which strives to connect low-income cooperatives with energy efficiency and photovoltaic systems to towards healthy, sustainable, and resilient communities. She has an interest in community-controlled housing and has previously served on the board of directors of North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Education, and NASCO Development Services (NDS) to develop the next generation of cooperative leaders through the support of student and community housing cooperatives. She was inducted into NASCO’s Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2012.

Rania Dalloul, Director of Communication and Fundraising, joined UHAB in 2015 after obtaining her MA in Urban Theory from the New School. Prior to living in New York, Rania spent two years as the Development Director of CSB, a Beirut-based nonprofit providing free design education to underserved youth. During her years in Lebanon, she also worked as a social researcher with the United Nations, the American University of Beirut, and other non-governmental agencies around issues of refugees’ displacement, housing, and inequality.