40 Under 40 New York City Rising Stars of 2015

From top advocates to effective lobbyists and consultants to some of the city's most prominent spokespeople this year's class of 40 under 40 Rising Stars is once again a sampling of the extrordinary individuals who make this city run. Their hard work and dedication often goes unnoticed because they are behind the scenes, but don't make the mistake of underestimating the impact they have on legislation and policy decisions that shape New York City. This cohort is part of an elite group of future leaders and if you don't know them already, you should get to know them now.  

Profiles of this year's 40 under 40 class were done by Sarina Trangle, Jon Lentz, Jeff Coltin, Will Brunelle and Alice Popovici. 

Director of Community Affairs,  City Department of Environmental Protection

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin


Director of Community Affairs, City Department of Environmental Protection

Deputy Director, Policy & Innovation Division,  City Council

Sasha Neha Ahuja


Deputy Director, Policy & Innovation Division, City Council

Deputy Commissioner, External Affairs,  City Department of Consumer Affairs

Amit S. Bagga


Deputy Commissioner, External Affairs, City Department of Consumer Affairs

Assistant Vice President,  Real Estate Board of New York

Ryan J. S. Baxter


Assistant Vice President, Real Estate Board of New York

Deputy Commissioner, City Department of Small Business Services

Gregg Bishop


Deputy Commissioner, City Department of Small Business Services

Senior Associate,  Kivvit

Michael Blaustein


Senior Associate, Kivvit

Director of Communications, City Public Advocate’s Office

Anna Brower


Director of Communications, City Public Advocate’s Office

Senior Government Relations Specialist,  Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC

Cesar Cardenas


Senior Government Relations Specialist, Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs,  Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Melissa Chapman


Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Vice President, Digital Engagement, BerlinRosen

Josh Cook


Vice President, Digital Engagement, BerlinRosen

Reporter,  The Wall Street Journal

Josh Dawsey


Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Communications Manager,  Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

Liz DeBold


Communications Manager, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

Vice President, Communications, Partnership for New York City

Max Dworin


Vice President, Communications, Partnership for New York City

President, Langsam Property Services Corp. and the Community Housing Improvement Program

Matt Engel


President, Langsam Property Services Corp. and the Community Housing Improvement Program

Business Development Manager,  Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Ruth Fasoldt


Business Development Manager, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Vice President,  Capalino+Company

Steven A. Figueiredo


Vice President, Capalino+Company

Senior Researcher,  Center for an Urban Future

Adam Forman


Senior Researcher, Center for an Urban Future

Policy Associate,   New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Alexander Gleason


Policy Associate, New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Senior Associate,   SKDKnickerbocker

Josh Goodman


Senior Associate, SKDKnickerbocker

Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy,  Gay Men’s Health Crisis

Anthony Hayes


Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy, Gay Men’s Health Crisis

Global Chief Communications Officer,  Ducere

Jordan Isenstadt


Global Chief Communications Officer, Ducere

Public Policy Analyst,  Google

Kathleen Knight


Public Policy Analyst, Google

Press Secretary, City Council

Robin Levine


Press Secretary, City Council

Counsel,  Greenberg Traurig LLP

William Brady Mack


Counsel, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Partner, Nashban Mansur LLC

David L. Mansur


Partner, Nashban Mansur LLC

Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, The Marino Organization

John F. Marino


Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, The Marino Organization

Senior Communications Manager, New York State Nurses Association

Tara L. Martin


Senior Communications Manager, New York State Nurses Association

Radio Talk Show Host, Producer and Civic Activist, AM 970 The Answer

Frank Morano


Radio Talk Show Host, Producer and Civic Activist, AM 970 The Answer

Chief of Staff,  Office of the Counsel to the Mayor

Ilana L. Ozernoy


Chief of Staff, Office of the Counsel to the Mayor

Special Adviser to the Mayor

Jerika L. Richardson


Special Adviser to the Mayor

Counsel and Director of Policy, Office of the Bronx Borough President

Raymond Sanchez Jr.


Counsel and Director of Policy, Office of the Bronx Borough President

Deputy Political Director, New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Tom Schnurr


Deputy Political Director, New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Director of External Affairs, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

Lindsay Scola


Director of External Affairs, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

President and CEO, Sirota Public Relations LLC

Ali Sirota


President and CEO, Sirota Public Relations LLC

Director of Operations, Yoswein New York Inc.

Shaneek Smith


Director of Operations, Yoswein New York Inc.

Director, Community Action Center, City Comptroller’s Office

Ingrid D. Sotelo


Director, Community Action Center, City Comptroller’s Office

Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman, Citigroup; Chairman, New Yorkers for Parks

Joel Steinhaus


Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman, Citigroup; Chairman, New Yorkers for Parks

Chief of Staff, Office of the First Deputy Commissioner, City Administration for Children’s Services

Jerome White


Chief of Staff, Office of the First Deputy Commissioner, City Administration for Children’s Services

Senior Adviser for Intergovernmental Relations, Kings County District Attorney’s Office

Wayne K. Williams


Senior Adviser for Intergovernmental Relations, Kings County District Attorney’s Office

Associate, Risa Heller Communications

James Yolles


Associate, Risa Heller Communications