Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Michelle Goldstein as Executive Director of the Office of Federal Affairs on January 4, 2010. The Office of Federal Affairs, established by Mayor John Lindsay, is charged with ensuring New Yorkers get their fair share of federal dollars and that policies made on Capitol Hill and in the White House address the needs of the nation's largest city. Michelle plays a central role in the work to shape the national policies Mayor Bloomberg has targeted as priorities, including the campaign against illegal guns, the support of long-term infrastructure investments, and the new efforts to promote sensible immigration reform. Michelle played an important part in the successful passage of legislation to provide health care and compensation to the responders and survivors of the September 11th attacks.
Prior to that she led New York City's State legislative affairs office since 2006, spearheading the City's successful efforts to pass major pieces of state legislation, including bills that reauthorized mayoral control of the public school system, cut taxes for many small businesses and advanced the Administration's ambitious environmental agenda.
Before joining the Bloomberg Administration, Goldstein served as Director of Government Affairs for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Prior to that, she held a variety of government relations positions within City government including Director of Local Government Relations for the Department of Education, Legislative Director for the Office of Management and Budget and Deputy Director of the Office of State Legislative Affairs.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration from the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. Born and raised in New York City, Goldstein currently lives in Washington, DC.