CSI Staff

Shireen Idroos, Interim Executive Director

A longtime nonprofit manager and development professional, this Los Angeles native is a graduate of Vassar College. Shireen started out at the Muslim Public Affairs Council before working at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Children's Health Fund. Most recently, she spent over five years as the Director of Individual Giving at Her Justice, a New York nonprofit that provides free family, divorce and immigration-law services to women across the five boroughs. [Contact Shireen]



Elizabeth Keane, Director of Business Affairs

Elizabeth is originally from northern New Jersey and attended Suffolk University in Boston for both undergraduate and graduate school, earning a master’s degree in Criminal Justice, but never making it in law enforcement! Her studies, instead, focused on understanding people and society, and how they work and intersect. Her ultimate goal is to use her understanding to help fix the many cracks and imperfections in many of our current systems. Outside of work, Elizabeth is a volunteer advocate with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in the Bronx. CASA is a wonderful organization that advocates for the foster children, and their families, who are currently in the system. Advocates are assigned by judges to assist social workers, lawyers, and key players throughout the difficult process, as well as offer support to the families. On a more personal note, some of her favorite things in life are dogs, a good book, and the perfect cup of tea; ideally these would all come together for a cozy afternoon at her local coffee shop (or CSI lounge area!). [Contact Elizabeth]


Chelsea Simpson, Community Animator

For over 10 years, Chelsea’s personal and professional focus has been experiential education, a teaching and facilitation practice designed to empower people to discover their own wisdom and expertise and that of each other, and tell their stories. This focus is interwoven with commitments to social justice, art, and mindfulness. Positions have ranged from living in El Salvador for two years leading “mutual liberation” delegations between U.S. students and rural communities, to teaching English & Civics to adult undocumented immigrants at community colleges & community organizations like Make the Road NY, to teaching Montessori school art, to leading nature immersion trips for urban children at a state park. Through and beyond these positions, Chelsea has lead sessions nationally and internationally on topics such as immigration reform, strategic planning, organizational development, anti-oppression training, solidarity work, writing for social change, and incorporating creativity. Chelsea has been certified as a Teaching Artist and has taught visual art & storytelling workshops across New York City public schools and libraries. She frequently serves as an international elections observer in Central America. She is a writer and experienced public speaker. She is also certified as a mediator, and in teaching mindfulness to court-involved youth. [Contact Chelsea]


Dan Casey, Events & Operations Coordinator

Dan works to make CSI New York’s best place to bring people together and think differently. He shares CSI’s vibe with outside groups doing events in the space, and helps members pull off their own spectaculars. Before joining the CSI staff, Dan had been living, working, and doing research in Korea, Quebec, India, and Saudi Arabia, and paid the bills as a writer, documentation wrangler, and researcher of everything from software patents to environmental policy to the Arab Spring. These days he’s especially curious about the future of food, the secret life of infrastructure, the death of work, and augmented reality. He earned an undergraduate degree in sociology and a master’s in urban planning, both from McGill University. [Contact Dan]