Elizabeth Caputo, in a white blouse and purple scarf, smiles at the camera.

Meet

Elizabeth

Democrat for Manhattan

Borough President

Elizabeth moved to Manhattan in 1995, and has called the Upper West Side her home her entire adult life. She brings decades of experience to serving her neighborhood and the City.

 

Elizabeth has lived and worked in Manhattan through its toughest days – during 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis, Hurricane Sandy, and now, amidst a global pandemic where New York City has been at the epicenter. Throughout it all, she has brought together Manhattan communities and she will bring commitment and energy to local government, as New York City recovers and rebuilds.

Elizabeth's career has bridged public and private, global and local. She began her NYC career in municipal finance, supporting essential local infrastructure projects for the City and the country – everything from bridges to schools to airports to housing to transit systems. She worked as part of the founding team to launch the Fund for Public Schools, under Caroline Kennedy, at the NYC Department of Education. She later returned to municipal finance, spending a decade in management roles focused on New York City and New York State.

Elizabeth was elected the longest-serving Chair of Manhattan's Community Board 7 in 2013 – a position she held for three years, while holding her full-time day job.

In this role, she negotiated hearings on Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, successfully implemented the Amsterdam Avenue bike lane, launched the City's first truly inclusive playground and the Board's first Public Housing task force, brought Citi Bike to the Upper West Side and responsibly implemented new technologies to make Board operations efficient and accessible - all while placing community, collaboration, and equity at the heart of her work. She remains an active CB7 Board leader.

Currently, Elizabeth works at the World Economic Forum, where she is responsible for the Forum's US government engagement. In this role, she bridges US cities to emerging technologies around the world and brings global leaders together to promote an inclusive and sustainable future.

Elizabeth previously served as Chair of Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century (“DL21C”), where she organized and activated a new generation of New Yorkers into civic and political life.

Elizabeth is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She lives on the Upper West Side with her partner and their spirited pup.

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