2013 New York City Rising Stars

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With so many open seats in the New York City Council, a constellation of Rising Stars will be coming out in City Hall this January. But not all of this next generation of the best and the brightest are elected-officials-to-be. As always, many of the most dynamic, innovative and passionate individuals who have devoted their young lives to politics and government are staffers, advocates, strategists, journalists and organizers. While the Big Apple is a magnet for so much of the… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Edgar Santana

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Age: 35  |  Position: Construction Market Representative, Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Politics did not come naturally to Edgar Santana. Santana grew up in a nonpolitical household the Bronx, went to college at Fordham and volunteered for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign before he got his first major political gig working for the state Democratic Party. He quickly was drawn to union culture thanks to his boss, Raymond Pocino, who would become a mentor. “I look up to the guy. He’s been in… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Michael Simas

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Age: 32  |  Position: Executive Vice President, Partnership for New York City One of the best parts about Michael Simas’ job is collaborating with top business leaders like Goldman Sachs’ Lloyd Blankfein, News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch and BlackRock’s Larry Fink. “We’re really lucky because we deal with the CEOs of the city’s largest employers, so at our meetings you’re always in the room with folks that are taking your thinking to another level, because you’re really with folks that are at the… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Charlotte Stone

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Age: 24  |  Position: Press Secretary, Reshma Saujani Growing up in a family of lawyers in Pittsburgh, Charlotte Stone often spent her dinner table conversations debating. Politics and policy were two topics that came up often, and Stone was the kid who would rather “watch CNN than play videogames,” she said. Her budding interest in politics led her to Brown University, where she majored in American studies and took note of theories and ideas she would later test while working on campaigns.… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Christina Baal

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Age: 33  |  Position: State Legislative Coordinator, 32BJ Christina Baal’s father came to the United States from the Philippines in 1969 with one suitcase and $200. Now all three of his daughters have master’s degrees. Baal always knew her father’s story was special, but it was only when she interned at the Lower East Side’s Cabrini Immigrant Services during her first year at Hunter College’s school of social work that she realized just how remarkable his success was. Working with Cabrini’s women’s… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Joseph Coletti

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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… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: John Fox

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Age: 33  |  Position: Media Director, Catsimatidis 2013 John Fox first met John Catsimatidis when Fox was working in advertising sales for WOR radio. A St. Louis native, Fox had made his way to New York after graduating from UConn, and wound up selling ads around some of the biggest names in talk radio—Don Imus, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh—first for WABC, and then for WOR. As Catsimatidis, an advertiser with the station, got to know Fox, he took a liking to… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Sadye Campoamor

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Age: 29  |  Position: Lead Community Organizer, Public Advocate’s Office It was Sadye Campoamor’s husband, Jesse—another of City & State’s Rising Stars this year—who introduced her to Bill de Blasio. At the time, Jesse was the Manhattan coordinator for de Blasio’s campaign for public advocate, and Sadye was squeaking by as an artist making jewelry after the school she taught at in central Harlem shut down for lack of funding. Sadye, who grew up in Gramercy Park and graduated from Oberlin, initially… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Amy Spitalnick

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Age: 27  |  Position: Communications Director, Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate Amy Spitalnick, a Lynbrook native and new Brooklyn resident, was the force behind the media side of state Sen. Daniel Squadron’s public advocate campaign, firing out press releases and debate fact checks with a fury that rivals most mayoral campaigns. And she loved the work. “He 100 percent believes in everything he does,” Spitalnick said of Squadron. “As a spokesperson who gets to work for someone who you believe in, it… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Brendan Griffith

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Age: 32  |  Position: Chief of Staff and Mobilizing Director, Central Labor Council The expression “it takes one to know one” certainly applies to Brendan Griffith’s job history in organized labor. Before accepting a prominent position in the administration of New York City’s broad coalition of organized labor, the Central Labor Council, Griffith got firsthand experience as a union member himself, parlaying a college internship with the AFL-CIO into a post-undergrad apprenticeship with the Local 40 Ironworkers union. While he says he… [More]