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June 18, 2012


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the appointment of Andrea Shapiro Davis as Executive Director of the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues. Ms. Davis currently serves as Special Advisor to the Mayor for Executive Searches, where she conducts specialized searches for senior executives in city agencies, and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Committee on Appointments which assists the Mayor in the recruitment and evaluation of highly qualified individuals for appointment to boards and commissions. In that capacity, Ms. Davis, along with Nathan Leventhal, the Chair of the Committee, also leads nationwide searches to identify candidates for commissioner level positions. She will continue to perform these functions in addition to her new duties as head of the Commission on Women’s Issues. As Executive Director, she will work with the Commission’s members to advise the Mayor on policies to ensure equality for women in New York City, including in the fields of employment, housing, education and healthcare. She replaces former Executive Director Briana Collins, who recently relocated with her family. 

“Women play a vital role in every aspect of our City’s life, and our Administration is committed to finding innovative ways of supporting them,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The members of the Commission on Women’s Issues have dedicated their lives to encouraging women to thrive both personally and professionally. Andrea has been a key member of our administration and has been a trusted advisor on a variety of issues. Her leadership and coalition-building skills make her the perfect choice to further lead our efforts to bring about positive change for women throughout New York City.”

“I am honored that Mayor Bloomberg has asked me to take on this task, which fits perfectly with the work I have been doing my entire career to advance women’s issues,” said Andrea Shapiro Davis. “I have had the privilege of working with the Commission on Women’s Issues on numerous occasions over the past several years, and I am very excited about the opportunity to join forces with such a talented group of dedicated commissioners as we seek to improve the lives of women throughout New York City.”

“The Commission on Women’s Issues for New York City is very fortunate to have the opportunity to work together with the highly qualified and knowledgeable Andrea Shapiro Davis,” said Anne Sutherland Fuchs, Chair of the Commission on Women’s Issues. “Ms. Davis is an important, integral part of city government and as our Executive Director, will add her wisdom, energy, and great enthusiasm. We look forward to receiving her insightful guidance as we try to insure New York City continues to be the best city for women.”

Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration in 2002, Ms. Davis served as the Director of Development and External Relations at the CUNY School of Law from 1993 to 2002. Ms. Davis is a graduate of Queens College, where she was the first female president of the student association, and Hofstra University School of Law. She was an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County from 1984 to 1988, and worked in a law firm representing doctors and hospitals accused of medical malpractice from 1989 to 1992.

Ms. Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Queens College Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Promise Project, an organization dedicated to helping under-served children with learning disabilities. Previously, she served on the boards of the Queens Borough Public Library and the Queens College Alumni Association. She also represented the Mayor on the boards of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and Flushing Town Hall. She has received a number of honors and awards, including the Queens College Chaney Goodman Schwerner Civil Rights Award and the CUNY University Student Senate’s Award for Outstanding Public Service. She was also one of the first inductees to the Queens College Student Association Hall of Fame. Andrea lives in Bellerose Manor, Queens and has twin 17-year-old sons.

The New York City Commission on Women’s Issues was established by Mayoral Executive Order in 1975 as an advisory body to the Mayor on matters impacting the lives of New York City women. The goal of the Commission is to advocate for women by promoting their economic and social well-being; educating the public about women’s issues; and making recommendations to the Mayor for legislation or executive action that will improve the lives of women. The Commission helps to strengthen the network of organizations in the public and private sectors expand careers and other opportunities for women. The Commission is comprised of a Chair and no less than thirty Commissioners appointed by the Mayor. The Commission’s membership is drawn from all sectors of the New York City population and is representative of individuals from a variety of fields and professions. The Commissioners, appointed to a three-year term, serve in a non-salaried capacity. Research and programs supported by the Commission are funded through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.


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