2013 New York City Rising Stars: Joseph Coletti

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Features, Rising Stars.

Age: 31  |  Position: Senior Vice President, Government and Community Relations, NYCEDC

Joseph Coletti’s crash course in politics began immediately after he graduated from Tufts University. Entering a fellowship program under then Gov. Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, Coletti was assigned to work on a state senate campaign.

He would later move to Washington, D.C., where he attended graduate school and worked on a U.S. Senate campaign in New Jersey. With his growing electoral experience, Coletti was eventually asked to go to New Hampshire to work on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

“When you get the call, and you’re asked to go to New Hampshire or Iowa, what I always advise is that anybody who wants to be in politics or is working in politics can’t say no,” Coletti said.

Though the McCain campaign ended in defeat, Coletti was on a winning side in 2009, working as the Staten Island borough director for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s re-election campaign. After burning out on the hectic campaign lifestyle, Coletti landed a job working for the city’s Economic Development Corporation, which put him at the center of the action, developing programs, brokering deals and imple-menting what he calls “a government entrepreneurship” philosophy.

With a new mayor set to take office in January, however, Coletti hopes that won’t spell the end of his tenure at EDC.

“Whoever the mayor is, I think that when they look to EDC, they should see EDC as a major asset of theirs. It’s changed a lot over the last decade, and it’s done a lot of good for the city,” Coletti said.

If you were not working in politics or government, what would you be doing? “Coaching soccer somewhere. Amateur coaching at a minimum, with the dream of being a professional.”

What is your favorite place in New York City? “When I lived on the Upper East Side, there was a place called Taco Taco, with great Mexican food. Unfortunately, it’s not there anymore.”

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