Nazli Parvizi - Commissioner
Nazli Parvizi is Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit. Under her direction, CAU has played a pivotal role in providing access to government and improving quality of life citywide. Before starting at CAU, Commissioner Parvizi served as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Volunteer Center (MVC), where she launched VolunteerNYC.org and helped oversee its transition to NYC Service, the City’s primary volunteer initiative. Throughout her career, Commissioner Parvizi has taken an active interest in integrating healthy eating habits in public schools, supporting the city’s food and growing networks and ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to fresh, healthy foods. In 2010, the Mayor named her a liaison to the culinary and restaurant communities to help build partnerships between these entities and the city's leaders in food and nutrition policy. Commissioner Parvizi graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Biology.
David Schmid - Assistant Commissioner for Operations
David Schmid serves as Deputy Commissioner of the Community Affairs Unit. In this role, he works closely with city agencies and external partners to address issues of community concern. After Hurricane Sandy, he played a key role under Commissioner Parvizi in the leadership of the Brooklyn Recovery Team, helping to direct relief and recovery operations. Prior to his start at the Mayor's Office in 2009, David spent four years at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, working on neighborhood preservation and development issues. He received a Master of Public Administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School, and holds a B.A. in Government and Sociology from Georgetown University. David resides in Manhattan's Greenwich Village with his wife, Dolores.
Fred Kreizman - Assistant Commissioner for Community Outreach
As CAU's Assistant Commissioner for Community Outreach, Fred maintains ties with community leaders and advocates throughout the 5 boroughs and works closely with local clergy. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he worked as both Brooklyn Director and Citywide Director of Community Outreach for five years before being appointed Assistant Commissioner. While he works on a variety of interagency and community-based initiatives, Fred is particularly focused on ethnic relations and interfaith efforts. Fred received a Master of Public Administration from Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, and holds a B.S. in Finance from Yeshiva University.
Ray O. Carrero - Quality of Life Director
Ray is CAU's Director of Quality of Life, overseeing the Graffiti Free NYC program as well as various other interagency efforts and working closely with the Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Units to play a lead role in responding to crisis situations. A resident of Brooklyn, Ray began his civic career volunteering in community centers and later worked for St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation as the Anti-crime Coordinator. Prior to joining the Mayor's Office, Ray worked as a community organizer for the Bushwick Geographic Targeting Task Force.
Samuel Pierre - North Brooklyn Borough Director
Sam reports to Northeast Brooklyn, taking an avid interest in public policy, immigration and quality of life issues in the area. Born and raised in the borough he now represents, Sam received his Bachelors Degree from St. John's University. Before joining the CAU team, Sam worked as a Deputy Director for NY State Assemblyman Alan Maisel and as the Brooklyn South Director for U.S. Congressman Ed Towns.
Andrew Olsen - South Brooklyn Borough Director
Andrew covers South Brooklyn. Prior to joining CAU, Andrew was a Community Liaison for the Brookfield Landfill Remediation Project and then served on Congressman Fossella’s staff for over 9 years. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the College of Staten Island and a dual M.A. International Management/M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. Andrew is proud to represent the Mayor’s Office in the borough where he was born and currently resides, and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Bethany and their dog Lincoln.
Nivardo Lopez- Bronx Borough Director
Nivardo serves as CAU's Bronx Director, having spent several years working in the borough where he was born and raised in. Nivardo graduated from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia with a degree in History. After returning to New York he worked for Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) in Bronx Family Court helping litigants navigate New York City's Family Court system. Before joining the Mayor's Office, Nivardo spent 4 years working for the New York City Council first as a Constituent Liaison for Council Member Jimmy Vacca of the Bronx and then as Legislative Policy Analyst for the City Council's Transportation Committee. During that time he attended the City College of New York (CUNY) and earned his Master's in History in 2011. Nivardo is a proud Bronx resident and is very excited about representing the Mayor's Office in his native borough.
Lolita K. Jackson - Director of Special Projects
Lolita brings years of experience in politics, finance and the arts to her role as Director of Special Projects. She attended the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering & Applied Science and later founded Derby Day, a volunteer clean-up initiative, as well as helped to launch Harmony in Harlem, a music program for Harlem youth. Lolita leads interagency teams that help mitigate the effects of infrastructure and construction projects throughout the five boroughs. Prior to joining CAU, Lolita worked on Wall Street for 14 years but is happy to return to the public sector and help strengthen NYC communities.
Dominic Panakal - North Queens Borough Director
Dominic is a lifelong resident of Queens. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Rutgers University in 2011. He joined Assemblyman Rory Lancman's staff as the Community Relations Director, and then later was promoted to Chief of Staff. He has interned for a Congressman, a strategic consulting firm, and in the New York State Assembly. He is thrilled to be serving the neighborhoods of Queens in this capacity.
Ido Shargal - South Queens Borough Director
Ido Shargal serves as CAU's Queens Borough Director for South Queens. A Queens native and resident, Ido has always been passionate about public service at the community level. Ido is a graduate of New York University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and Political Science. He then went on to complete a Graduate Certificate in International Relations and Politics from The John Hopkins (SAIS)-Nanjing University Center in Nanjing, China. Prior to joining CAU, Ido worked on the Congressional campaign of Congresswoman Grace Meng and was a caseworker in her New York State Assembly District Office. He has interned in the US House of Representatives as well as the New York City Council, where he was a policy analyst and researcher. Ido is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Hebrew, and is honored to have the privilege to work with and serve the diverse communities of Queens that he represents.
Isabella Cardona- Staten Island Borough Director
Isabella serves as CAU's Staten Island Borough Director. Born and raised on Staten Island, Isabella feels strong ties to the borough she proudly covers. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and International Studies from the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island. During her studies, Isabella interned with the U.S. State Department in New York City. Before joining CAU, Isabella completed a year of AmeriCorps public service and worked for the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, where she helped organize English conversation groups for adult immigrants in every NYC borough. She enjoys representing the Mayor's Office in the borough she still calls home.
Pauline Yu - Manhattan Director, Community Outreach Specialist & LGBTQ
Pauline is a Community Outreach Specialist for the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit, serving as Chief Representative to Asian-American communities throughout the five boroughs while also assisting as Manhattan Borough Director and LGBTQ liaison. Born and raised in Chinatown, she speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese and spent a semester at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before graduating from Mount Holyoke College. Pauline joins the Mayor's Office after working in Governor George Pataki's Administration and later at a Wall Street law firm.
Kassandra represents the Manhattan neighborhoods north of Chelsea focusing on special events and ongoing projects throughout the borough. Kassandra has built her profession in politics, starting out as a college intern with the NYS Legislature, and going on to work as Deputy Director of Immigration for Senator Charles Schumer. Kassandra joined the Bloomberg family in 2009 as the Washington Heights office director on the campaign. Immediately before joining CAU, Kassandra spent three years with the Mayor's office of Legislative Affairs, often lobbying members of the State Legislature in areas of Housing, Consumer Affairs, and legal matters. She played a key role in securing the passage of the City's "illegal hotels" bill, and assisted in the effort to pass the outer borough taxi plan. Kassandra has a bachelor's degree in Government and Politics from St. John's University, and a J.D. from New York Law School.
Shadoe Tarver - Chief of Staff
Shadoe serves as CAU's Chief of Staff, working to ensure that the department's policies and actions are in accordance with the strategic goals of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Prior to this, Shadoe served as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of CAU. He began his career in public service as a summer intern at the Mayor's Office in 2008, and has continued to proudly serve in the Bloomberg administration. Shadoe was born and raised in Brooklyn and is excited to be able to work for the citizens of his hometown. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Franklin & Marshall College where he majored in Government.