New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams is building a transitional team of various powerful players

Mayor-elect Eric Adams plans to announce his transition team within the week – and it’s packed with a diverse section of Big Apple heavyweights from Ford Foundation president Darren Walker to CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez and 32BJ union leader Kyle Bragg, The Post has learned.

United Way CEO Sheena Wright led the team, but will add six co-chairs in the coming days, according to several sources.

In addition to Ford’s Walker, CUNY’s Matos Rodriguez and 32BJ’s Bragg, the group will be rounded off by Sharon Greenberger, CEO of the New York YMCA, Steven Choi, former director of the New York Immigration Coalition, and president of Hotel Trades Council Rich Morocco .

“He shows you can be in the middle and still adhere to progressive values ​​of diversity and inclusion,” veteran political strategist Ken Lovett of Ichor Strategies told The Post about the Adams team, which includes whites, blacks, Asians American and Latin American members. .

Greater New York YMCA CEO Sharon Greenberger will be part of Mayor-elect Eric Adams’ transition team.

“I think the chancellor of CUNY is a good symbolism especially because we have seen a decline in recruitment in education, especially for color communities and poor communities. Having him as the face of the transition is a good thing, ”Lovett, a former Post Albany reporter, said of Matos Rodriguez.

CUNY is also looking for a two-digit increase in state and municipal aid amid a decline in enrollment.

Lovett described Choi as “brilliant” and “engaged in issues affecting the immigrant communities.”

He was behind the push to legalize driving licenses for illegal immigrants and wants local voting rights for green card holders.

Apollo Theater Board Chair Charles Phillips Apollo Theater Board Chair Charles Phillips speaks as The Apollo Inducts Mary J Blige Into Its Walk Of Fame.
Apollo Theater board chair Charles Phillips speaks as the Apollo induces Mary J. Blige into its Sidewalk of Fame.
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CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez was also selected by Eric Adams to serve on his mayoral transition team.
CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez was also selected by Eric Adams to serve on his mayoral transition team.
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Walker oversees the $ 16 billion philanthropy and helps struggling nonprofits recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Greenberger has led the YMCA for the past six years. Prior to that she saw a $ 2 billion expansion of New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Bragg, as president of 32BJ SEIU, represents 175,000 construction service workers including cleaners, doormen and security officers. The Hotel Business Council of Morocco is a politically linked union whose ranks were destroyed when the COVID-19 pandemic closed hotels around the five townships.

The co-chairs will oversee commissions on public safety, education, technology, housing and economic development.

Sheena Wright will lead the team as they transition to power.
Sheena Wright will lead the team as they transition to power.
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Transitional staff members include campaign communications director Evan Thies and campaign adviser Menashe Shapiro, who is involved in examining Adams commissioners and other senior appointments. Boston Consulting Group also presents.

“Eric’s transition will represent the full range of talent and diversity New York has to offer, and will include the voices of each community so that the Adams management will reflect the priorities and values ​​of New Yorkers,” Thies said.

Phillips, a former CEO of Infor, who was a top guy in the campaign of Democratic mayoral candidate Ray McGuire, is in charge of building public-private partnerships.

Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, will also be on Eric Adams ’transition team.
Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, will also be on Eric Adams ’transition team.
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Also involved in the transition are City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, consultant Tiffany Raspberry and former New York City Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky.

Alumni of both Mayor Bill de Blasio and his predecessor Michael Bloomberg play different roles in the transition. Both Maria Torres Springer, who was housing commissioner for de Blasio, and Matthew Wambua, who ran the same department for Bloomberg, are part of the team.

Brooklyn Democratic Party lawyer Frank Carone is an adviser to the transition.

Darren Walker at the COP26 summit along with several world leaders on November 2, 2021.
Darren Walker at the COP26 summit along with several world leaders on November 2, 2021.
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“We look forward to sharing the full list of transition members and other news about the transition and how it will soon involve New Yorkers,” Thies said.

Additional reporting by Carl Campanile

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