About NY Tech Alliance

Our mission at NY Tech Alliance is to foster the technology community and ecosystem in our hometown, with the goal of creating a better future for all. Representation, inspiration, support, and leadership are the qualities we focus on in order to reach this goal. Led by Executive Director, Andy Saldaña, and Chaired by Thatcher Bell, the NY Tech Alliance continues the work of its predecessor organizations, hosting a monthly Meetup at Xandr as well as educational and social events and advocacy work. Our monthly Meetup gives a platform to founders, startups, and companies to showcase their work to the community, with a particular focus on the technology itself and its potential use and implications. We also sponsor educational and social events centered on the tech ecosystem, as well as programming and advocacy efforts on issues valued by the tech community.


Andy Saldaña, Executive Director

Board of Directors

  • Chairman - Thatcher Bell, Investor-in-Residence, Cornell Tech & Co-Founder, CoVenture
  • President Emeritus - Erik Grimmelmann, Faculty Member, Department of Computer Science, The City College of New York
  • Chairman Emeritus - Andrew Rasiej, Founder & CEO, Civic Hall
  • Alicia Syrett, Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital LLC
  • Anthony Frasier, Principal, ABF Creative
  • David Alpago, Assurance Partner, EY
  • Deborah Barta, Senior Vice President of Innovation & Startup Engagement, Mastercard Labs
  • Gabby Munoz, Managing Director, Hearst Ventures
  • Jason Leder, Head of VC & Startup Partnerships, Google
  • Jessica Lawrence Quinn, Chief Operating Officer, Civic Hall
  • John DeLalio, Managing Director, EisnerAmper LLP
  • Joy Marcus, Venture Partner, Jerusalem Venture Partners
  • Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Paul Ellis Law Group
  • Sapna Shah, Principal, Red Giraffe Advisors
  • Ted Brown, Executive Director, CUNY Institute of Software Design and Development
  • Yvonne de la Peña, Director, BridgeUP: STEM at American Museum of Natural History

Our History

NY Tech Alliance was created through the merger of NY Tech Meetup and the New York Technology Council. NY Tech Meetup was first founded as a Meetup group in 2004, with the organization becoming an independent non-profit in 2010. The New York Technology Council was founded in 2009 as a non-profit organization focused on developing and promoting the technology industry in New York City. The two organizations then merged together in 2016 to form the NY Tech Alliance. Today, the organization has over 60,000 individual and institutional members, reflecting the full spectrum of the greater New York area tech community and making it the largest tech organization in the region.