2013 New York City Rising Stars: Clemente Lisi

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Age: 38  |  Position: Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Clemente Lisi has survived the hellfire and brimstone of the New York Post and emerged on the other side largely unscathed. For 14 years Lisi was a general assignment reporter, laboring away at the rewrite desk, covering transportation and education and finally working on the website alongside the paper’s notorious editor Col Allan. Nowadays he’s the spokesman for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which has 1,400 members and… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Lynn Cole

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Age: 31  |  Position: Chief of Staff, Deputy Mayor for Operations Just call her Ms. Fix-It. The Baltimore native and Colby grad is one of the Bloomberg administration’s ace problem-solvers—and handy in a crisis. Cole spends most of her day in meetings with commissioners and her boss, Deputy Mayor of Operations Cas Holloway, at City Hall. But when a hurricane, sewage plant meltdown or any other disaster strikes, she relays critical information from on-the-ground city workers to Bloomberg and the powers that… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Nicole Gill

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Age: 28  |  Position: Vice President, SKDKnickerbocker Nicole Gill held her first political protest when she was 10 years old. A Torontonian, Gill was adamantly opposed to the 1995 Quebec secession referendum, so she made her own sign—of a flag, half Canadian Maple Leaf and half fleur-de-lis—and stood on her street, waving it on the day of the vote. Her efforts paid off; the referendum failed. After being active in student government at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Gill moved to New… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: George M. Fontas

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Age: 32  |  Position: Senior Vice President, Capalino+Company Transforming the Kingsbridge Armory into the world’s largest indoor ice center is one of the key projects that the government relations firm Capalino+Company is currently working on, but for Senior Vice President George Fontas, it’s not just about size. Fontas, who is helping guide the project through the land use review process, is looking forward to the many benefits it could bring to the Bronx, citing a similar facility in Philadelphia that has helped… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Tina Ward

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Age: 28  |  Position: Government Relations Specialist, Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC Tina Ward didn’t follow a typical path into politics—in fact, she majored in fashion merchandising at Marist College. But after three years of working in the fashion industry, she realized she hated it. “One day I was putting like the twentieth outfit on a mannequin and I was just like, ‘This can’t be my life,’ ” she said. “So I started working in government, and I liked it,… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Ben Max

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Age: 32  |  Position: Founder, DecideNYC.com Ben Max grew restless teaching history to high schoolers—so he moved to New York City and decided to dive into the political scene. So far he’s enjoyed getting wet. “My big mission here is to engage more people in politics and try to figure out a way to reach more of the general public and get more people to care,” he said. “I want to be a part of increasing civic engagement, education and political participation.”… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Victor Pichardo

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Age: 29  |  Position: Democratic Nominee for Assembly, 86th District When Victor Pichardo graduated in 2007 from the University at Buffalo, he wanted to teach the works of John Milton, the 17th century English poet and scholar. “What I find really fascinating about Milton is not only did he use the English language in a way where it was actually an accepted form of higher writing—because most of that was done in Greek or Latin—he basically had the gall at that time… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Ivy Li

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Age: 27  |  Position: Digital Communications Director, NYC Digital, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment When New Yorkers check out the relaunched NYC.gov website this fall, one of the key architects they can thank for the new look and feel, the focus on fresh content and the increasingly user-centric experience is Ivy Li. “That was a huge, long process, and I’m mostly working on the content side and advised a bit on the user experience,” Li said. “We are going to make… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Tweeps Phillips

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Age: 38  |  Position: Consultant, Bolton-St. Johns Tweeps Phillips grew up in a “hippie artistic environment” in Greenwich Village, with a musician father and a photographer mother—not exactly the type of upbringing one might expect would have led her to become a successful lobbyist. “My parents think I’m really square,” admits Phillips. A graduate of Macalester College with a master’s degree from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, Phillips had a long career in New York City government before moving into… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Timothy Plunkett

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Age: 39  |  Position: Associate, McKenna Long & Aldridge A key turning point in Timothy Plunkett’s life came when he landed a one-year gig working for the Assembly aminority’s office. His job was to keep the Assembly Republicans connected with New York city, state and federal officials, so they could stay abreast of developments in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site after the September 11 terrorist attacks. While he had only a small part in the redevelopment effort, he was… [More]