The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is pleased to announce the election of Chris Coffey to the organization’s Board of Directors. The election took place at the Conservancy’s April 1 board meeting.
Chris Coffey works at Tusk Strategies as a consultant to some of New York’s best known institutions, including AT&T and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Prior to that, he worked for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for over 12 years in a variety of roles, including all three of his campaigns for Mayor of New York.
Most recently, Coffey was an Assistant Commissioner in the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment where he oversaw communications and relationships with the City’s tech and media industries. During his time in City government, he helped set up the NYC Digital Office in 2010 and co-authored the Roadmap for the Digital City, the first digital blueprint for City government in the nation. Coffey also created a new structure for digital and print ads and oversaw much of the ad placement for the City.
In 2009, Coffey worked on the Bloomberg campaign as a Senior Communications Strategist. He helped secure a record-breaking 64 endorsements from newspapers across the City. He also oversaw the campaign’s video efforts and worked closely with the digital team. Before the 2009 campaign, Coffey was a political producer for Bloomberg News.
During Coffey’s first stint at City Hall from 2002-2007, he served as First Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit, where he helped manage the Mayor’s community relationships. He was also Director of the Mayor’s Advance team and Assistant Press Secretary, coordinating the Mayor’s daily events and foreign trips in places ranging from Haiti to Israel to Kosovo.
Coffey was named a Rising Star by the Queens Courier in 2010 and by City Hall News in 2011. Coffey currently serves on the LGBT Center Young Leaders Council. Coffey was born and raised in New York City and now lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn with his husband, Adam J. Riff.
“Chris Coffey’s rich involvement in the civic life of our city will make him a fantastic addition to the Conservancy’s team,” said Nancy Bowe, Chairman of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Board of Directors. “We look forward to working with him in our continued efforts to support Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
“Brooklyn Bridge Park has become a vital part of the fabric of the city,” said Chris Coffey. “I could not be more excited to help the terrific team at the Conservancy with our mission of providing terrific quality programming at the Park for all New Yorkers.”
“We are fortunate to add Chris Coffey’s enthusiasm, innovative thinking, and dedication to our work providing programmatic, volunteer and stewardship support for Brooklyn Bridge Park, said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.
About the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for over 25 years to bring Brooklyn Bridge Park to life. We started out as grassroots advocates, bringing together residents, government, and local supporters to transform an abandoned waterfront into the park you see today. Now as the park’s lead steward, we work in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation to ensure that the park reaches its full potential as a dynamic and vibrant public space for Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond. With your help, the Conservancy produces diverse and innovative programming for park visitors and cultivates volunteer and philanthropic support of this special place on the Brooklyn waterfront. Since 2000, more than 800,000 visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in the beginnings of Brooklyn Bridge Park.