NYC Board Chair Adrienne E. Adams announces slate of senior executives


Promote internal Council leaders, while adding experienced government professionals

Town hall – Today, New York City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams announced new members of her leadership team, appointing seasoned government professionals to her team. In addition to adding staff with previous experience in the Council and New York government, President Adams also promoted long-serving inside staffers to new leadership positions.

“It has been a priority for me to strengthen the essential work of the Council, enabling our legislature to be a strong and equal branch of city government that delivers results for New Yorkers,” said President Adrienne E. Adams. “This diverse group of effective leaders on Council, and with past Council and government experience, will help us advance the interests of New Yorkers in our city’s 51 Council districts.” I am delighted to recognize and elevate the current staff leaders of Council, who have dedicated themselves to serving this legislative body, our city and their colleagues. It is also exciting to bring extraordinarily talented and thoughtful public servants – who appreciate our vital role and have contributed to its success over the years – to my team and, in many cases, back to the Board.

Jeremy John was appointed as the first Deputy Chief of Staff, helping to coordinate and direct senior staff in support of the President, Board members and staff. He brings two decades of experience in government, organized labor and public affairs. Jeremy joins the Council after serving as Director of Political Action for District Council 37 (DC 37), New York’s largest public employee union representing 150,000 city employees and 50,000 retirees. He coordinated the municipal union’s legislative agenda, ensuring its members were represented at Council hearings on the City’s budget and a range of issues affecting them. Prior to his time at DC 37, Jeremy served as campaign manager for current New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s 2014 campaign. He also previously served as director of conference services and director of operations for the New York State Senate, helping senators and their staff represent their districts. Originally from Brooklyn, Jeremy graduated from John Jay College (CUNY) and earned a master’s degree from Brooklyn College (CUNY).

Carlos Beato was appointed Special Advisor to the President to provide legal and legislative advice to the President. Most recently, Carlos was a partner at Pitta LLP and a member of Pitta, Bishop & Del Giorno LLC, where he provided labor and employment law and litigation counsel, including employee benefits litigation. He has also engaged in direct government and legislative advocacy at all three levels of government on behalf of labor, corporate, non-profit and small business clients. From 2014 to 2019, Carlos served under former New York City Council Presidents Mark-Viverito and Johnson as Director of the Office of State and Federal Affairs. He holds a BA from Temple University and a JD from St. John’s University School of Law. While at St. John’s, Carlos received an “Award of Excellence for the Future” and participated in and coached the National Hispanic Bar Association’s National Advocacy Team. Carlos is from Queens, a member of the New York State Bar, and is fluent in Spanish.

Tanisha Edwards will become Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff, Finance, heading the Council’s finance division. She has nearly two decades of experience in government finance, most recently as general counsel and general counsel for the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF), the state’s largest workers’ compensation insurer. and one of the top 10 workers’ compensation insurers. nation’s carriers with over $19 billion in assets. Prior to her time at NYSIF, Tanisha served for more than three years as Deputy Advisor to the Governor for Tax and Financial Services. In this role, she oversaw the legal affairs of the Department of Tax and Finance, the Department of Financial Services, and NYSIF, while advising the executive branch on matters involving tax, insurance, and banking. Prior to serving the state, she spent 10 years on the New York City Council as chief counsel for the finance division and finance committee. Prior to her previous City Council service, Tanisha served as a legislative counsel in the New York City Comptroller’s Office. Tanisha grew up in southeast Queens, earned a JD from Rutgers University School of Law, and earned a BA from Syracuse University after transferring from York College (CUNY).

Faiza Ali will be promoted to deputy chief of staff of community engagement, overseeing the council’s community engagement division and its efforts. She is an organizer, strategist, and policy advocate, whose work has been dedicated to empowering communities of color across New York City. Faiza has served on the city council since 2014, first as a liaison and more recently as director of the community engagement division, focused on deepening the relationship between the council and the city’s communities. She was the former director of advocacy and civic engagement for the Arab American Association of NY, where she led campaigns on criminal justice, immigration reform, language access and maintaining citizenship. ‘order. Faiza was a key leader in the successful campaign to incorporate two holy Muslim holidays into the New York City public school system, making our city the largest school system in the nation to recognize its students’ holidays. Muslims. In 2013, she co-founded the Muslim Democratic Club of NY, the first of its kind in the city, to mobilize community members to be more active in the political process. Faiza is a Muslim American and the daughter of Pakistani immigrants. One of the first women in her family to attend college, she received her BA from Pace University.

Jeffrey Boulanger will be promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislation and Policy to oversee the legislative and policy efforts of the Council. He brings sixteen years of legislative experience to the New York City Council, working as a committee adviser, deputy director, and most recently as director of the legislative division. Jeffrey has worked in many fields including education, housing, public safety, environmental protection, disaster recovery, social safety net services and sanitation. He graduated from the University of Utah and earned a JD and MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Andrea Vazquez will be promoted to Director of the Legislative Division, managing its day-to-day operations. She has worked at the Council for nearly a decade, most recently serving as Deputy Director of the Social Services Division. Previously, Andrea worked as an advisor to the City Council’s General Welfare Committee for five years and then as an Assistant Deputy Director. She earned a BA from NYU and a JD from Fordham Law School, where she focused on civil legal services in the areas of domestic violence and consumer rights. Andrea lives in Brooklyn with her husband Patrick, her six-month-old daughter Francesca and their cat Larry.

Charles “Chuck” Davis was promoted to Director of the Administrative Services Division, overseeing and managing the Council’s annual budget and operations. He served on the Council for more than two decades, most recently as Acting Director of Administrative Services. Previously, Chuck was Chief Compliance Officer for the Council and Director of the Appointments Investigations Division. Previously, he held numerous positions within the Appointment Investigations Division. Chuck is an assistant lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) and earned his BS and MPA at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY).



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