A former media professional, Lena brings over a decade of varied work experience and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy to the NYCETC team. Passionate about improving New York City for everyone, Lena joined the NYCETC team as the Senior Manager of Policy and Campaigns in January 2021. She heads up NYCETC’s special project-based policy work, such as the NYC Inclusive Growth Initiative. In addition, she supports the formation of NYCETC policy and advocacy positions and fosters broader partner engagement.
A New Jersey native, Lena received her Bachelor’s Degree in History with minors in Journalism and Anthropology from New York University in 2005. After college, Lena worked as a sports television producer in New York City and Los Angeles, and gained invaluable skills in storytelling, project management, and communication. In her 10+ years in the media industry, Lena honed in on stories about youth, women, and people of color. In graduate school at USC, Lena focused on community-oriented policy initiatives for women and people of color, both in the classroom and with a social impact fellowship. Lena’s love for New York City extends to her lifelong fandom of the New York Mets and New York Giants (although that love may not extend back).