Recent administrative appointments announced by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
On Monday, April 17, 2017 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the following appointments to his administration:
Melissa DeRosa has been appointed Secretary to the Governor
Since April 2013, Ms. DeRosa has served as Communications Director, Strategic Advisor, and most recently Chief of Staff to the Governor. During her tenure, Ms. DeRosa has managed overall communications and press for the Executive Chamber and over 50 state agencies, political affairs, labor relations, and the administration’s strategic approach to enacting policy. She spearheaded the Governor’s campaigns to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, enact the nation’s strongest paid family leave program, and most recently to establish the ‘Excelsior Scholarship’, making New York the first state in the country to provide free public college tuition for middle and low-income families. Before joining the Governor’s office, Ms. DeRosa worked in the Attorney General’s Office as Deputy Chief of Staff and as Acting Chief of Staff. Ms. DeRosa led the office’s effort to negotiate and pass the country’s most aggressive prescription drug reform package, I-STOP (Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act). Prior to working for the Attorney General, Ms. DeRosa served as New York State Director of Organizing for America, President Obama’s national political action organization. Before joining OFA, Ms. DeRosa served as the Director of Communications and Legislation for Cordo and Company, an Albany based government affairs firm. She was also the Campaign Manager for Tracey Brooks for Congress, Deputy Press Secretary to Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, and Deputy Press Secretary for the successful NY State Transportation Bond Act Campaign in 2005. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from Cornell University. She has served on the executive board of the Women’s Leadership Forum Network of the Democratic National Committee.
Jill DesRosiers has been appointed Executive Deputy Secretary to the Governor.
Adam Zurofsky has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Energy and Financial Services.
Michael Schmidt has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Economic Development.
Ali Chaudhry has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Transportation.
Adam W. Silverman has been appointed Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Public Safety.
Tanisha Edwards has been appointed Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Taxation and Finance.
Rajiv Shah has been appointed Assistant Secretary for the Environment
Ms. Shah previously served as Senior Policy Advisor for the Environment. Prior to joining the Executive Chamber, Mr. Shah joined the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as an Empire State Fellow and served in dual roles as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner and Counsel to the Bureau of General Enforcement. Prior to working at DEC, Mr. Shah served as Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Office of the Attorney General. He also clerked for the Honorable Eileen Nadelson in the Kings County Civil Court and for the Honorable Laura Taylor Swain in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District. Mr. Shah earned his J.D. from Fordham University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Megan Baldwin has been appointed Assistant Secretary for Health.
Natacha Carbajal-Evangelista has been appointed Assistant Secretary for Labor and Workforce.
Daniel Fuller has been appointed Assistant Secretary for Education.
Peter Olmsted has been appointed Assistant Secretary for Energy.
Abbey Fashouer has been appointed First Deputy Press Secretary.
Robyn Ryan has been appointed Assistant Director of Operations for Special Projects.
Andrew Ball has been appointed Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs.
Previously Mr. Ball served as Director of Scheduling and Confidential Assistant to the Governor. Mr. Ball joined the Cuomo administration in 2011 as special assistant for legislative and intergovernmental affairs, where he served as a liaison between local elected officials and the administration, including addressing constituent issues and facilitating coordination between legislative members and state agencies. A Long Island native, Mr. Ball graduated from Syracuse University in 2010.
Chelsea Muller has been appointed Senior Program Manager.
Casey Kuklick has been appointed Senior Policy Advisor for Energy.