Above & Beyond 2016: The 25 most remarkable women in NYC politics

Every day, women go above and beyond what’s asked of them.

They blaze trails in typically male-dominated fields like construction and biotechnology.

They rise to the highest levels in major nonprofit organizations, labor unions and media companies.

They advocate for their causes at City Hall, in Albany and in Washington, D.C., and they hold influential roles at every level of government.

And, fair or not, they often do it all while being the primary caregiver in their families, tending to children and elderly relatives alike.

In recognition of their accomplishments, City & State is honoring 25 remarkable New York women serving in government, business, nonprofit organizations, organized labor or the media.

One of the women honored in this year’s Above & Beyond class is driving immigration policy in New York City and beyond. Another has been at the forefront of groundbreaking changes in national health care policy. A third has reported from places like the White House and ground zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

You likely know some of these remarkable women already, but we’re pleased to introduce you to the ones you haven’t met.

Profiles by Jeff Coltin, Ashley Hupfl, Jon Lentz, Gabe Ponce de León, Aimée Simpierre, Justin Sondel, Jeff Stein and Sarina Trangle

Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

Nisha Agarwal


Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

Program Representative, New York State Nurses Association

Marisol Alcantara


Program Representative, New York State Nurses Association

Dean and Professor of Law, CUNY Law School

Michelle Anderson


Dean and Professor of Law, CUNY Law School

President and CEO, CaringKind

Lou-Ellen Barkan


President and CEO, CaringKind

President, Women Builders Council / Founder and President, Deborah Bradley Construction & Management Services

Deborah Bradley


President, Women Builders Council / Founder and President, Deborah Bradley Construction & Management Services

Vice President of Education, United Federation of Teachers

Evelyn DeJesus


Vice President of Education, United Federation of Teachers

New York state director, AARP

Beth Finkel


New York state director, AARP

President and CEO, Community News Group and NYC Community Media

Jennifer Goodstein


President and CEO, Community News Group and NYC Community Media

President and CEO, EmblemHealth

Karen Ignagni


President and CEO, EmblemHealth

Ombudsman and Public Editor, NPR

Elizabeth Jensen


Ombudsman and Public Editor, NPR

New York City Deputy Comptroller for Public Affairs

Camille Joseph


New York City Deputy Comptroller for Public Affairs

Associate Vice President for Government Relations & Urban Affairs, Fordham University

Lesley Massiah-Arthur


Associate Vice President for Government Relations & Urban Affairs, Fordham University

Executive Vice President, Capalino+Company

Jeanne Mullgrav


Executive Vice President, Capalino+Company

Matrimonial and Economic Justice Project Director, Sanctuary for Families

Amanda Norejko


Matrimonial and Economic Justice Project Director, Sanctuary for Families

President and CEO, New York Women's Foundation

Ana Oliveira


President and CEO, New York Women's Foundation

President, Stonewall Democrats of New York City/Director of Online Communications, 1199 SEIU

Eunic Ortiz


President, Stonewall Democrats of New York City/Director of Online Communications, 1199 SEIU

President & CEO, Win

Christine Quinn


President & CEO, Win

CEO, Schneps Communications

Victoria Schneps-Yunis


CEO, Schneps Communications

Chairwoman and CEO, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. LLC

Suzanne Shank


Chairwoman and CEO, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. LLC

Director, Teamsters Local 237 Retiree Division

Nancy True


Director, Teamsters Local 237 Retiree Division

Assistant Director, District Council 37 Political Action and Legislation Department

Erica Vargas


Assistant Director, District Council 37 Political Action and Legislation Department

President and CEO, The New Jewish Home

Audrey Weiner


President and CEO, The New Jewish Home

Chief of staff to the vice chairman, Bloomberg LP

Veronica White


Chief of staff to the vice chairman, Bloomberg LP

Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy and Public Affairs, Pfizer

Molly Williams


Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy and Public Affairs, Pfizer

News anchor, NY1

Cheryl Wills


News anchor, NY1