The 40 under 40 rising stars of New York City 2016

Bill de Blasio started out as a young political operative with dreams of getting elected to the New York City Council. Carl Heastie was once a little-known assemblyman from the Bronx. Melissa Mark-Viverito left her native Puerto Rico to attend college in New York and cut her teeth as an activist and community board member.

The early professional experiences of these political heavyweights in New York City are no different from those of the exceptional young men and women featured in these pages. In this issue, we look ahead to the next generation of local leaders in politics and government. Our annual list features the city’s most remarkable young lobbyists, staffers, advocates, activists and journalists – all of them under the age of 40.

One of them could eventually be elected mayor of the city. Another one might one day lead the state Senate or Assembly. Still others could contend for the position of speaker of the New York City Council. Many of them are certain to play influential roles in city government and politics for years to come.
So without further ado, we present this year’s New York City 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

Senior Staff Attorney, MFY Legal Services

Nicole Lester Arrindell


Senior Staff Attorney, MFY Legal Services

Vice President of Public Affairs, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Stephanie Báez


Vice President of Public Affairs, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cameron Bard


Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Vice President, Public Affairs, Edelman

Chris Bastardi


Vice President, Public Affairs, Edelman

Northeast Region Director, Food & Water Watch

Alex Beauchamp


Northeast Region Director, Food & Water Watch

Community Liaison, Office of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Jennie Berger


Community Liaison, Office of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Policy Counsel, New York Civil Liberties Union

Katharine ES Bodde


Policy Counsel, New York Civil Liberties Union

Vice President and Head of Communications, Brookfield Properties

Andrew Brent


Vice President and Head of Communications, Brookfield Properties

Deputy Director of City Legislative Affairs, Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Saba Debesu


Deputy Director of City Legislative Affairs, Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

 Communications Director, MTA

Beth DeFalco


Communications Director, MTA

Manager, Global Strategy Group

Anna Durrett


Manager, Global Strategy Group

Staten Island Borough Director, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer

Kevin Elkins


Staten Island Borough Director, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer

Deputy Press Secretary, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Abbey Fashouer


Deputy Press Secretary, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Government Affairs Consultant, Yoswein New York

Kai D. Feder


Government Affairs Consultant, Yoswein New York

Executive Director, NYCLASS

Allie Feldman Taylor


Executive Director, NYCLASS

First Deputy Press Secretary, Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Austin Finan


First Deputy Press Secretary, Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Bronx Borough Director Office of the Mayor, Community Affairs Unit

Elvin García


Bronx Borough Director Office of the Mayor, Community Affairs Unit

City Hall reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Mara Gay


City Hall reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Senior Researcher, Center for an Urban Future

Christian González-Rivera


Senior Researcher, Center for an Urban Future

Senior Policy Advisor, Budget, New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Henry L. Greenidge


Senior Policy Advisor, Budget, New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Senior Associate, Patricia Lynch Associates

Redmond J. Haskins


Senior Associate, Patricia Lynch Associates

Director of External Affairs, LaGuardia Community College

Helen Ho


Director of External Affairs, LaGuardia Community College

Public Policy, Airbnb

Andrew L. Kalloch


Public Policy, Airbnb

Managing Director of Integrated Water Management, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Vlada Kenniff


Managing Director of Integrated Water Management, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Senior Vice President, Bolton-St. Johns

Julian Kline


Senior Vice President, Bolton-St. Johns

Senior External Relations Manager, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Christopher M. Lee


Senior External Relations Manager, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Vice President, The Real Estate Board of New York

Paimaan Lodhi


Vice President, The Real Estate Board of New York

Managing Director, Prime Strategies

Jen Manley


Managing Director, Prime Strategies

Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker

Mike Morey


Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker

First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Emily W. Newman


First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Vice President, Communications, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Michael Pantelidis


Vice President, Communications, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Deputy Press Secretary, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

Dayana Perez


Deputy Press Secretary, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

Vice President, Constantinople & Vallone Consulting

Keith Powers


Vice President, Constantinople & Vallone Consulting

Chief Development Officer, Dynamic SRG

Lisa Rossi


Chief Development Officer, Dynamic SRG

Vice President, Nicholas & Lence Communications

Laura Rothrock


Vice President, Nicholas & Lence Communications

Assistant Counsel, Department of Investigations – Office of the Inspector General for the New York City Police Department

David A. Rozen


Assistant Counsel, Department of Investigations – Office of the Inspector General for the New York City Police Department

Strategist, Tusk Strategies

Haley E. Rubinson


Strategist, Tusk Strategies

Director of Digital Communications, Metropolitan Public Strategies

Pamela Stamoulis


Director of Digital Communications, Metropolitan Public Strategies

Senior Advisor, Office of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Joe Taranto


Senior Advisor, Office of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Graduate Research Assistant, NYU Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy

Eftihia Thomopoulos


Graduate Research Assistant, NYU Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy