Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Manhattan Borough President. Ms. Brewer previously served on the City Council for 12 years. As Councilmember, she successfully passed legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for most hourly employees, compelling landlords to fix repeat violations, requiring all City data to be published online, and the nation’s first law protecting domestic workers. She was the founding chair of the City Council’s Technology Committee in 2002.
Immediately prior to her election to the City Council, Brewer served as Project Manager for the NYC Nonprofits Project at CUNY’s Graduate Center, and before that worked for the Telesis Corporation, a private firm that builds affordable housing in New York City.
Prior to that non-profit and private-sector experience, Brewer served in City government in various roles, including as…
- New York City Deputy Public Advocate
- Director of Mayor Dinkins’ Federal Office in New York City
- Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women
- Chief of Staff to West Side Councilmember Ruth W. Messinger
Brewer has an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and she did her undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College. Ms. Brewer has been a trustee of Randall’s Island Park Alliance since 2013.