The New York City 40 Under 40 of 2017

New York City 40 under 40 of 2017

Many of New York City’s most prominent politicians have already reached middle age. Mayor Bill de Blasio is 56, City Comptroller Scott Stringer is 57 and Public Advocate Letitia James is 58. New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, at age 48, is something of a little sister among the citywide elected officials.

Day in and day out, we focus on these individuals and their peers who, more often than not, are part of the same generation. But this week, we take a step back and look at the next generation of political leaders – all of them under the age of 40.

RELATED: Albany 40 under 40 of 2017

In this year’s Rising Stars list, we put the spotlight on a few candidates who have won elected office – or are on the verge of doing so. We profile the behind-the-scenes figures helping candidates run effective campaigns, raise funds and dig up dirt on their opponents. We recognize figures who are expanding broadband internet access, making the city safer before the next major storm, innovating in the classroom and informing readers about the goings-on at City Hall – and why it matters.

RELATED: Looking back at the NYC 40 under 40 all-stars

We identify some of the most talented young lobbyists, advocates, union officials, government aides – and dozens more.

Introducing: The New York City 40 Under 40 for 2017.

Profiles by Jeff Coltin, Samantha Gross, Meeran Karim, Jon Lentz, Frank G. Runyeon, Grace Segers and Tiffany Thomas.

Profile photography by Celeste Sloman.

Program Director, New York Public Interest Research Group

Megan Ahearn


Program Director, New York Public Interest Research Group

CEO and Founder, Bronx Element Strategies

Elias Alcantara


CEO and Founder, Bronx Element Strategies

Associate Director of Advocacy, Success Academy Charter Schools

Maron Alemu


Associate Director of Advocacy, Success Academy Charter Schools

Director of Development, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

Daniele Baierlein


Director of Development, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

Communications Associate, Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz

Melissa Barosy


Communications Associate, Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz

Special Assistant to New York City Public Advocate Letitia James

Stephanie Campanha Wheaton


Special Assistant to New York City Public Advocate Letitia James

Political Director, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, American Federation of Musicians Local 802

Christopher Carroll


Political Director, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, American Federation of Musicians Local 802

Executive, Red Apple Group; Chairwoman, Manhattan Republican Party

Andrea J. Catsimatidis


Executive, Red Apple Group; Chairwoman, Manhattan Republican Party

Chief Actuary for New York City

Sherry S. Chan


Chief Actuary for New York City

Deputy Director, New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Kizzy M. Charles- Guzmán


Deputy Director, New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Assistant Vice President of Communications, Real Estate Board of New York

Nicole Chin-Lyn


Assistant Vice President of Communications, Real Estate Board of New York

Senior Vice President, Hornblower Cruises & Events

Cameron Clark


Senior Vice President, Hornblower Cruises & Events

Director of Infrastructure Studies, Citizens Budget Commission

Jamison Dague


Director of Infrastructure Studies, Citizens Budget Commission

Managing Director, Northside Research + Consulting

Jonathan Davis


Managing Director, Northside Research + Consulting

Chief of Staff to the Director of State Operations, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Kate Dineen


Chief of Staff to the Director of State Operations, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Senior Adviser and Director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

Jonnel Doris


Senior Adviser and Director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

Associate Director of Governmental Affairs, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators

Gabriel Gallucci


Associate Director of Governmental Affairs, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators

Managing Director of Communications, Red Horse Strategies

Jon Greenfield


Managing Director of Communications, Red Horse Strategies

Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, State Attorney General’s Office

Kenya Handy-Hilliard


Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, State Attorney General’s Office

Vice President for Government Affairs, Bolton-St. Johns

Monica Hanley


Vice President for Government Affairs, Bolton-St. Johns

Director of Communications and Senior Adviser for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

Michael David Fredrick Hardaway


Director of Communications and Senior Adviser for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer

Dylan C. Hewitt


Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer

Director of Political Action, District Council 37

Jeremy M. John


Director of Political Action, District Council 37

City Hall Bureau Chief, New York Daily News

Jillian Jorgensen


City Hall Bureau Chief, New York Daily News

Partner, PwC

Anaita Kasad


Partner, PwC

Chief of Staff to New York City Councilman Mark Levine

Aya Keefe


Chief of Staff to New York City Councilman Mark Levine

Senior Director, Nicholas & Lence Communications

Joshua Knoller


Senior Director, Nicholas & Lence Communications

Senior Vice President, Capalino+Company

Fred A. Kreizman


Senior Vice President, Capalino+Company

Executive Director, Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector

Ya-Ting Liu


Executive Director, Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector

Op-Ed Editor, New York Post

Seth Mandel


Op-Ed Editor, New York Post

Vice President of Real Estate, Kasirer

Genevieve Michel


Vice President of Real Estate, Kasirer

Vice President of Public Affairs, SKDKnickerbocker

Danielle Moodie-Mills


Vice President of Public Affairs, SKDKnickerbocker

Partner, Nashban Mansur LLC

Adam J. Nashban


Partner, Nashban Mansur LLC

Assistant Vice President for Innovation & Broadband, Empire State Development

Christopher B. Ortiz


Assistant Vice President for Innovation & Broadband, Empire State Development

Associate, Constantinople & Vallone Consulting LLC

Jake Potent


Associate, Constantinople & Vallone Consulting LLC

Vice President of Government Affairs, The Parkside Group

Safiya Raheem


Vice President of Government Affairs, The Parkside Group

Community Activist, Democratic Nominee for New York City Council District 2

Carlina Rivera


Community Activist, Democratic Nominee for New York City Council District 2

Vice President of Economic Development, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Varun Sanyal


Vice President of Economic Development, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Tony Sclafani


Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Deputy Director of Enforcement, New York City Conflicts of Interest Board

Jeffrey Tremblay


Deputy Director of Enforcement, New York City Conflicts of Interest Board