Mr. Puma's career in public and community service has been exemplified by the various positions he has held in civil rights law, community-based organizations and local government. As a paralegal with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), Mr. Puma worked on litigation teams handling cases involving criminal justice, voting rights, employment discrimination and school desegregation. Prior to joining LDF, he worked for over six years at the NYC Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he served as an intergovernmental liaison, policy and budget analyst, and legislative reference assistant. At OMB he monitored the potential effect of proposed federal, state, and city legislation on New York City's budget and coordinated OMB’s response to myriad bills. From 2003 to 2004, he served as a community liaison for former NYC Council member Margarita López. Since 2007 Mr. Puma has been involved with Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), a community organization helping residents with issues of housing, land use, employment, post-Sandy recovery and long-term planning, and environmental and public health. A lifelong New York City public housing resident, Mr. Puma currently serves on GOLES's Board of Directors, and has participated in Washington DC-based national efforts related to public housing preservation. Mr. Puma is now pursuing full-time a Master of Arts degree at Union Theological Seminary. Mr. Puma is the city council designee from Manhattan and was first appointed to the board in December 2013.
Certificate (Legal Studies), 2009, Hunter College; B.A., 2003, Yale University
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