Our Mission

New York Appleseed advocates for integrated schools and communities in New York City and New York State. With evidence-based advocacy and close work with stakeholders, we achieve direct impact in the community and beyond. We extend and magnify this impact across North America through participation in the Appleseed network.

Integrated schools and communities are those that:

+ Achieve Racial, ethnic, and economic diversity in composition;
+ Appoint leadership Representative of this diversity;
+ Facilitate Relationships across people of different backgrounds;
+ Practice Restorative justice; and
+ Share equitable access to Resources and opportunities.[1]

What does all this mean?  Click here for more information on our mission statement.

[1] We are indebted to the students of IntegrateNYC for developing this framework for Real Integration.


Our Staff

Nyah Berg, Executive Director

Nyah Berg is the Executive Director at New York Appleseed. She joins New York Appleseed after working as the Education Equity Organizer at ERASE Racism. Ms. Berg spearheaded ERASE Racism’s Student Voices Campaign and continued development of ERASE Racism’s Education Equity Initiative. During her time with ERASE Racism from 2017 to 2019, Nyah created workshops, actions and events to educate Long Island educators and students on topics such as implicit bias, student advocacy, culturally responsive education, and suburban segregation. Her work with students catalyzed the formation of ERASE Racism’s Student Task Force, which has since been invited to present workshops and participate on panels for Teachers College, Columbia University and the New York State School Board Association.

Nyah’s professional and personal life has driven her passion to use her voice to amplify others that are systematically not heard. As a biracial woman who grew up in a suburb outside of Boston, Massachusetts, she gained a unique perspective on the complexities that surround racial relations across geographically segregated areas. She hopes to draw on her own personal narrative, while continually learning from others to better advocate for Real Integration and educational equity in New York City and New York State. She holds a Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University in education policy and social analysis with a specialization in education law and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in English and Educational Studies from Vassar College.

Rochelle Du, Integrated Schools Project Coordinator

Rochelle Du joins New York Appleseed as the Integrated Schools Project Coordinator after working as an English teacher in Taiwan for 2 years. As a second-generation immigrant who grew up in a predominantly white suburb, she witnessed firsthand the lack of culturally-sensitive education and thus strived to create sustainable change for current and future learners, especially those coming from marginalized backgrounds. She was a member of Community of Volunteer Educators and helped develop innovative academic programming to reduce educational inequities, expanded access to equitable learning opportunities, and managed a virtual afterschool program during COVID-19. Additionally, she volunteered at East Harlem School at Exodus House teaching Mandarin Chinese, reading, writing, and math to elementary school students. Excited to marriage her passions of social justice and education, Rochelle is using her voice and privilege to advocate for equitable integration, culturally-responsive education, and generational abundance. Rochelle holds a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Linguistics and minored in Education from Binghamton University.

Board of Directors

Jonathan L. Walcoff (chair)

James Cotton – United Airlines 

Natalia Delgado – Huron Consulting Group (retired)

Naomi Raquel Enright – Writer, Educator and Equity Practitioner

Derrick Lott – Shearman & Sterling, LLP

Troy McKenzie – NYU School of Law

Tai Park – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Bertrand B. Pogrebin – Littler Mendelson PC

Leslie Rempel – JPMorgan

Jill Rosenberg – Orrick

Kathryn E. Schneider

Cassie Schwerner – Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.

Pro Bono Partners

Flyover BK Web Design
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP




The Appleseed Network

New York Appleseed is part of the Appleseed network of 16 social justice centers across the United States and Mexico.  Appleseed centers work with volunteer lawyers and other professionals to address structural barriers to opportunity and justice.  Watch this short film from our 20th anniversary in 2013 to learn more about Appleseed:

Click on the links below to explore the Appleseed network:

Alabama Appleseed

Arkansas Appleseed

Chicago Appleseed

DC Appleseed

Georgia Appleseed

Hawai’i Appleseed

Kansas Appleseed

Louisiana Appleseed

Massachusetts Appleseed

Appleseed México

​Missouri Appleseed

Nebraska Appleseed

New Jersey Appleseed

New Mexico Appleseed

Oklahoma Appleseed

South Carolina Appleseed

Texas Appleseed