Cole Stallone has been the Communications Associate since April 2022. He developed an interest in ALBA while working with archival material at the Tamiment Library, learning about the importance of the Brigade and its contemporary legacy. Born and raised in New York City, he received his MA and BA in history from New York University, and is excited to continue supporting important organizations like ALBA while deepening his passion for public history.
Marina Mihajlova moved to NYC from Macedonia (Southeast Europe) in 2011, along with her family. She has been in the accounting and bookkeeping sector since she was young, and was brought up working with her family’s business in her home country. Coming to the US was a big challenge, and the accounting practices differ somewhat, but in the end, the numbers are still what matter. Like ALBA, she is dedicated to social activism and the defense of human rights. Marina is also a supporter of Greenpeace, environmental justice, and animal welfare.
Dennis Meaney is a writer and organizer from Long Island, New York. He has spent the last several years organizing in electoral politics and doing editorial work for international affairs publications. He recently earned his Master's Degree in International Relations and Economics from Seton Hall University. He has long had an interest in Antifascism, Left Politics, and European History.
Mark Wallem has served as Executive Director since 2019. Prior to his time with ALBA, he worked in international development for 21 years, including posts in Nepal, Cambodia, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Thailand. His international projects include a groundbreaking Internet Freedom program, promoting and defending online freedom of expression in Southeast Asia. He has also directed programs for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and UN Women. Hailing from Minnesota, Wallem is a lawyer, with a history of political activism and rights advocacy in both the US and abroad.