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: Karen Imas

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Age: 36  |  Position: Vice President, Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz After getting her master’s from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Karen Imas, a native of Rego Park whose family emigrated from Ukraine, assumed that she would be working in international relations, given her academic focus on the post-Soviet landscape. Instead she landed a job as director of communications for the Council of State Governments, a public policy think tank that aims to share best practices of state capitals from… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Sara C. Valenzuela

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Age: 30  |  Position: Immigration and Education Liaison, Speaker’s Office, New York City Council Sara Valenzuela, “a Texas Democrat through and through,” signed up for Teach for America upon graduating from Vanderbilt University, and was deployed to teach bilingual social studies near the Texas-Mexico border. “My brother and I were both adopted, and our families are Mexican, and we have the privilege and were very lucky to be adopted by an educated family, so a big part of my identity has always… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Pakhi Sengupta

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Age: 34  |  Position: Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Annabel Palma Despite her relative youth, Pakhi Sengupta is something of a veteran of city government, having worked for five years in the City Council’s finance division, as well as for the Administration for Children’s Services, before landing in the office of Bronx Councilwoman Annabel Palma. Yet it was her eye-opening experience first working for a domestic violence agency— Sengupta has a master’s in social work from Columbia University—that inspired her eventual foray into… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Terrance Stroud

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Age: 37  |  Position: Director of Media Strategy, Department of Citywide Administrative Services Terrance Stroud has plenty of responsibilities to keep him busy in his job at the city’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services: coordinating with vendors and agencies, dealing with procurement legislation, carrying out media strategy and helping out with citywide projects. But one of the things Stroud is most proud of during his 18-month tenure at DCAS isn’t even part of his actual job responsibilities. When DCAS sponsored a mentoring… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Jennifer Fermino

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Age: 39  |  Position: City Hall Bureau Chief, New York Daily News Jennifer Fermino has tabloids in her blood. She started at the New York Post two days after Christmas in 2001 as a copy kid, earning about $7 an hour on the 5 p.m.-to-midnight shift. Her first byline, only four months after 9/11, was about an alarm that went off in a building across the street from the Post. Her first cover story had more bite. “They sent me to New… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Eunice Huang

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Age: 25  |  Position: Deputy Press Secretary, Governor’s Office Gov. Andrew Cuomo can be a demanding boss with high standards—but Eunice Huang has handled her job as a spokeswoman with aplomb. The Brooklyn native sharpened her communications skills upstate at Syracuse University, before heading back to the city to start her first gig. It happened to be with the governor. “By now I’m one of the press officers who has been here the longest,” she said. “It’s been good. It’s been a… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Jaclyn Rothenberg

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Age: 25  |  Position: Senior Associate, Teneo Strategy Though she majored in psychology at George Washington University, it is no surprise that Jaclyn Rothenberg instead found herself drawn to a career in politics. Born and raised in Atlanta, Rothenberg is the granddaughter of Gerald Rafshoon, who served as White House communications director under Jimmy Carter and was a key part of the so-called “Georgia Mafia” that helped elect the president. Rothenberg’s first foray into the political arena was as a college intern… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Megan Dougherty

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Age: 27  |  Position: Press Secretary, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer As a press secretary, Megan Dougherty’s years of experience dealing with the press have been helped by the fact that she once wanted to be one of the people who break the stories rather than make them. A broadcast journalism major at the University of Florida, Dougherty landed several internships at radio and television stations, including one at the Late Show With David Letterman, before eventually getting a job working for… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Dani Lever

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Age: 26  |  Position: Spokeswoman, Bill Thompson for New York City Dani Lever is finally taking it easy. Until Bill Thompson conceded on September 16, Lever, a Westchester native and Wisconsin-Madison grad, spent nearly every day for the prior seven months shadowing the candidate as he made his pitch to become the city’s next mayor. Before serving as the former city comptroller’s spokeswoman, Lever worked on the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania and had stints in the state Attorney General’s Office, but Thompson’s… [More]