Andrew Friedman

Andrew Friedman
Co-Executive Director
Politics, Economic Justice Policy, Immigrants’ Rights, Policy and Organizing, Community Organizing, Organizational Capacity Building

Andrew came to CPD after 15 years building Make the Road New York into the leading democratically-run, immigrant-led community organization in New York State. Since co-founding Make the Road in 1997, Andrew helped grow the organization from a small, volunteer-run effort to an $8 million organization with over 11,000 members, 100 staff, and four community-based centers in New York City and Long Island. Andrew helped oversee all aspects of Make the Road’s work, including the organizing, legal services, adult literacy, workforce development, operations and finance departments.

Andrew has worked with the Latino Workers’ Center, the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, the Center for Urban Community Services, the Government Benefits Unit at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, and MFY Legal Services Mental Health Law Project. Andrew has been awarded the Union Square Award of the Fund for the City of New York, the Cornerstone Award of the Jewish Funds for Justice, and the Community Health Leaders Award of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for his work at MRNY. Andrew was a Skadden Public Interest Fellow, a Senior Fellow at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School. He has worked as an adjunct professor in New York University School of Law’s Clinical Program, NYU’s Wagner School for Public Service and the New School for Social Research, and serves on the Board of Directors of Make the Road New York, and the Make the Road Action Fund. Andrew is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College and a cum laude graduate of the New York University School of Law.


Unfair to Immigrants, Costly for Taxpayers
New York Times, 4.4.11

A better states’ welcome for immigrants
The Washington Post, 4.25.12

Be Our Guest: Fix the Long Island Power Authority, and keep it public to ensure that it serves the public interest
NY Daily News, 2.11.13

In some states, 'Secure Communities' has heightened insecurity among immigrants and law enforcement
NY Daily News, 6.25.12

Why Is HHS Letting Health Insurance Companies Keep Patients In The Dark?
The Huffington Post, 9.21.11

Fighting Words
Colorlines, 1.15.2007

Journals and Book Chapters:

Friedman, A. & Axt, D (2010). In Defense of Dignity. Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. 45 (577).

Friedman, A (2005). “We Shall Be Moved: Community Activism as a Tool for Reversing the Rollback,” in Morgan, D.C., Godsil, R.D., & Moses J. (Eds.) Awakening from the Dream. Carolina Academic Press: Durham, NC.

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