2013 New York City Rising Stars: Carlos Menchaca

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Age: 33  |  Position: Councilman-Elect, 38th District Carlos Menchaca’s journey to the City Council began as the oldest of seven children raised by a single mother in El Paso, Texas. After attending a Jesuit university in San Francisco, where according to Menchaca the Jesuits “provided the foundation for all of the ideas that I have,” he set out for New York City through the Coro Fellows Program, a public affairs graduate school leadership training intensive. Two days into his time in the… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Kafui Kouakou

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Age: 33  |  Position: Chairperson of the University Student Senate; Board Member, CUNY; Adjunct Professor, York College For many grad students, earning a master’s degree while being an adjunct professor would take up all of their time. But for Kafui Kouakou, who is earning his master’s at Brooklyn College and teaching at York College, there’s still enough time for him to serve in the CUNY Student Senate, advocating for students on everything from building repairs to appealing student dismissals. Not only that,… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Dixon Deutsch

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Age: 34  |  Position: Executive Director, NYC Special Education Collaborative Working in special education requires patience and kindness. The Texas native and University of Texas grad has both those qualities. Still, he recognized early in his educational career with Teach for America and at Achievement First, a charter school network, that he needed an array of other skills to help his students. “The challenging part of being a teacher was frustration with my own lack of knowledge of how to work with… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Mark Treyger

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Age: 31  |  Position: Democratic Nominee for City Council, 47th District Some fathers spend time with their sons by playing a game of catch or going fishing. Mark Treyger’s spent quality time with his boy watching Meet the Press on Sundays and discussing the show’s topics with him during commercials. Treyger’s parents’ commitment to education helped instill a strong sense of social responsibility in him, a quality that first led Treyger to the doorstep of his political mentor, Assemblyman William Colton, who… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Kamran Mumtaz

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Age: 23  |  Position: Deputy Press Secretary, Mayor’s Office Kamran Mumtaz traces his interest in politics back to his time at Queens College, where he majored in math, economics and political science— the rare triple major. When two political heavyweights, former President Bill Clinton and then Congressman Anthony Weiner, held an event to get people interested and involved in the 2008 election, he jumped in with both feet. “I was always drawn to politics and trying to help other people, and that… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Ritchie Torres

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Age: 25  |  Position: Democratic Nominee for City Council, 15th District It’s not often that a high school principal goes out of his way to recommend a student to a local official. That’s just what happened to a then-16-year old Ritchie Torres, when a local Community Board district manager named Jimmy Vacca arrived at the largest of his district’s public schools, Lehman High School and asked the principal for the best and brightest of his students. “The principal said ‘Ritchie Torres.’ I… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Stina Skewes-Cox

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Age: 31  |  Position: District Director, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Stina Skewes-Cox has only been working for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries since the congressman was sworn in this January, but she brings to his office plenty of experience as a congressional staffer, having worked for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for six years before moving to New York City. “When I started, I was her scheduler, and then moved up to become special assistant,” said Skewes-Cox, a San Francisco native who spent most of… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Brian Kaszuba

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Age: 34  |  Position: Editor, Cityland at New York Law School’s Center for New York City Law As editor of CityLand, Brian Kaszuba keeps a close eye on the New York City Council, the city’s Planning Commission, landmark hearings and “the whole land use process.” Kaszuba brings plenty of insight to the job, thanks to his years of experience working for elected officials, on political campaigns, for an advocacy group and a city charter commission. That doesn’t even include his stint as… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Jesse Campoamor

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Age: 28  |  Position: Political Organizer, 1199 SEIU Jesse Campoamor went to Layafette College in Easton, Pa., to play Division I football, but after he herniated two discs in his back during his senior year, he turned his attention to the poor community situated at the bottom of the hill upon which the school’s majestic campus sits. Campoamor created a mentorship program pairing the school’s athletes with local youth, “to encourage kids that they can attend a school like Lafayette—but it required… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Rose Christ

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Age: 25  |  Position: Legislative Advisor, Government & Regulatory Policy, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Rose Christ was always interested in a career in politics, though she thought her future would be in the national or international arena until she got her first taste of local government interning in the mayor’s office of Charleston, S.C. Christ, who grew up in New Paltz, N.Y., was a student at the time at the College of Charleston. After graduating she continued to work in the… [More]