January 5, 2022
NEW YORKâToday, Mayor Eric Adams announced members of his senior staff who will oversee operations at City Hall and advance its policies and strategic priorities.
âThis team has the experience, knowledge and skills to take our government – and our city – to new heights,â said Mayor Eric Adams. âOur motto is Get Stuff Done – and we’re already off to a good start. Together, we will work every day to make New York City safer, fairer and more prosperous for all. “
âWe are at a pivotal moment in our city’s history, and we need strong leadership to bring New York back better than ever,â said Chief of Staff Frank Carone. âMayor Adams already proved early in his administration that he was exactly that kind of leader. I am honored to join his team and serve the city I love. As Chief of Staff, I will ensure the proper functioning of City Hall, the alignment of our municipal agencies and the achievement of the Mayor’s vision for the city.
The full list of appointees is below:
Frank Carone, Chief of Staff
Frank Carone will join the Adams administration as chief of staff. Most recently, he was a partner at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP. He was also Legal Secretary of the Kings County Democratic Committee. Carone holds a BS from St. John’s University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.
Dawn Miller, First Deputy Chief of Staff
Dawn Miller will join the Adams administration as the first deputy chief of staff. Most recently, she was Vice President of Policy and Partnerships at Coord, a mobility technology company in partnership with cities across the country. She previously served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). Dawn pioneered TLC’s research and evaluation practice, being the first director, and worked as a researcher at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. She holds an MPA from Princeton University and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Madeline Labadie, Deputy Chief of Staff
Madeline Labadie will join the Adams administration as deputy chief of staff. Most recently, she served as Director of Strategic Initiatives at TLC, where she led Vision Zero efforts and priority projects for the Commissioner. She has also worked in policy and research roles for the Hotel Trades Council and Council Member Brad Lander. She holds an MPA and BA from New York University.
Ryan Lynch, Deputy Chief of Staff
Ryan Lynch will join the Adams administration as deputy chief of staff. Prior to joining the Adams administration, he was chief of staff to then-President Adams, and prior to that, director of policy. Lynch started as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, and also served as an alternative livelihood manager for WEAVE, a small community-based organization working to support the economic empowerment of Burmese refugees along the border between Thailand and Burma. He was associate director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Lynch received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mary Washington College and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Menashe Shapiro, Deputy Chief of Staff
Menashe Shapiro will join the Adams administration as deputy chief of staff. Most recently, he ran his own consulting firm where he advised candidates for public office as well as businesses and nonprofits with major public campaigns. In 2021, Shapiro was a key advisor to Mayor Adams’ campaign and a member of the nominating committee during his transition to mayor. Prior to that, he worked on Michael Bloomberg’s presidential and municipal campaigns, as Managing Director at Tusk Strategies, and in the private law practice. Shapiro received his BA Honors in Economics from Yeshiva University and his JD from Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University.
Tiffany Raspberry, Senior Advisor for External Affairs
Tiffany Raspberry is joining the Adams administration as Senior Advisor for External Affairs, where she will be the primary liaison between the Mayor and key stakeholders and leaders nationally and globally. She began her career in the House of Representatives as a legislative assistant and planner, then as a policy analyst and chief of staff at the New York City Council. Most recently, Raspberry was a senior member of Mayor Adams’ campaign team and co-chaired the intergovernmental committee on his transition to mayor. She received her BA in Political Science and African American Studies from Fordham University and an MPA in Global Public Policy and Management jointly from New York University and University College of London.
Stefan Ringel, Senior Advisor to the Mayor
Stefan Ringel joins the Adams administration as senior advisor to the mayor. He served alongside President of the Adams Borough and was a key media and communications advisor for Eric Adams’ campaign for mayor. Previously, he held various positions in the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, first as Director of Communications to former Borough President Marty Markowitz, and then as Director of Communications to President of the Adams district. Prior to that, Ringel was the director of media relations for then-board member Jumaane Williams. Ringel received his BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of North Carolina, and his MA in Elections and Campaign Management from Fordham University.
Andrea Shapiro Davis, Senior Talent and Appointments Advisor
Andrea Shapiro Davis will join the Adams administration as senior adviser on talent and appointments. She was Acting Vice-Chancellor of CUNY for University Advancement since August 2019. Since 2013, she has been Associate Vice-Chancellor of CUNY for Business Development, Foundations and Major Gifts, a role in which she has stimulated the growth of initiatives in favor of women’s rights. and diversity. Shapiro Davis also served in the administration of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where she served as special advisor to the mayor, executive director of the mayoral appointments office and executive director of the New York Commission on Women’s Issues. She also spent four years as an assistant district attorney in Queens County and was a lawyer in private practice. Shapiro Davis is a proud graduate of Queens College and the Hofstra University School of Law.
Eric Ulrich, Senior Advisor to the Mayor
Eric Ulrich joins the Adams administration as senior advisor to the mayor. He was a member of the New York City Council for 12 years, representing the various communities of Southwest Queens. He was instrumental in passing the legislation that created the New York City Department of Veteran Services (DVS), and after Storm Sandy, he organized relief efforts that aided the displaced residents to rebuild and recover. He is the product of New York State and Parish Schools and the first member of his family to graduate from college. Ulrich received his BA from St. Francis College and his MPA from the Baruch College School of Public Affairs.
Edward Mermelstein, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of International Affairs
Edward Mermelstein joins the Adams administration as commissioner of the mayor’s office for international affairs. He joined the administration after a career as a lawyer and investment advisor to a wide range of international clients. Fluent in English and Russian, Mermelstein emigrated as a refugee to the United States in 1976. He holds a BA from NYU and a JD from Western Michigan Law School. In addition to his work, he is involved in numerous charitable organizations supporting local and national causes rooted in culture, politics, education and the arts.
Fred Kreizman, Commissioner, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit
Fred Kreizman will join the Adams administration as commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU). From 2002 to 2014, Kriezman worked at the CAU in the service of Mayor Bloomberg, rising through the ranks from Director of Brooklyn to Deputy Commissioner. He also served on the board of directors of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation from 2005 to 2016. Most recently, he worked at Capalino, as general manager. Kriezman earned an MPA in government from Pace University and a BS from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University.
Roberto Perez, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Roberto Perez joins the Adams administration as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA). Most recently, he served in Blasio’s administration as commissioner of the CAU, where he led efforts to connect communities to the city’s COVID -19 recovery efforts. Prior to this role, Perez was Senior Executive Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the New York City Department of Education (DOE) where he handled city, state, and federal legislative affairs on behalf of the Chancellor.
Dan Steinberg, Director, Mayor’s Office of Operations
Dan Steinberg will join the Adams administration as director of the mayor’s office of operations. Steinberg is a city planner who graduated from the University of Chicago and Columbia University. He most recently served as the Chief Data Analytics Officer for the NYC Vaccine Command Center (winner of the Citizen’s Budget Commission Prize for Public Service Excellence) and played a number of key roles throughout the pandemic response. from the city. Previously, he was Deputy Director of Project Management and Performance in the Mayor’s Office of Operations. Steinberg began her career as the first legislative assistant to State Senator Liz Krueger, and also worked as a researcher and lawyer.
Rachel Atcheson, Special Assistant to the Mayor
Rachel Atcheson will join the Adams administration as the Mayor’s Senior Assistant and will also be the Executive Director of the SUNY Downstate Committee on Plant-Based Health and Nutrition. She recently worked as an assistant strategist for Borough President Adams, working on plant nutrition initiatives such as the launch of the NYC Health + Hospitals / Bellevue herbal lifestyle medicine program and the expanding healthy and sustainable food options in New York City schools. Previously, Atcheson served in the mayor’s office as an animal welfare liaison. Outside of government, she served as Senior Director of Campus Outreach for The Humane League, growing the organization’s Campus Outreach Program from 18 to 52 campuses. She received a BA from Boston University.