Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new appointments to his administration.
"New York is poised to continue our upward momentum after concluding the most productive legislative session in modern political history," Governor Cuomo said. "I am proud to welcome this group of talented individuals to our administration and look forward to the work we will get done together on behalf of the people of this state."
Kumiki Gibson has been appointed Counsel to the Governor. Originally from Buffalo, Ms. Gibson brings to the Executive Chamber extensive legal experience, working at the highest levels of government, including over two years as Counsel and three years as Associate Counsel to Vice President Al Gore. Previously, Ms. Gibson has served as Senior Vice President and Counselor to the President at the National Urban League; Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights; Vice President and General Counsel at Johns Hopkins University; a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly; and a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. Most recently, she served as Senior Advisor and General Counsel for the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation. In that role, Ms. Gibson assisted in the implementation of the DREAM Act and oversaw all aspects of the legal operations. Ms. Gibson clerked for the Honorable Clifford Scott Green at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Gibson earned an A.B. in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Northeastern University.
Elizabeth Garvey has been appointed Special Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Governor. In this role, Ms. Garvey will be the counsel responsible for the Governor's budget, legislative and policy priorities. Since January 2018, Ms. Garvey has served as Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel for the State University of New York. She served on the Chancellor's Cabinet as the legal adviser to the SUNY System Administration and provided legal advice and opinions for the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, and leadership. Prior to her position at SUNY, Ms. Garvey served as Counsel for the New York State Senate Majority, managing the team of legal and support staff responsible for the legal and policy review of all legislation before the Senate. Prior to that, she served as First Assistant Counsel to the Majority for the New York State Senate, and also held the role of Assistant Counsel to the Majority. Ms. Garvey has also worked as an Associate for Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman, and Dicker, LLP. She earned a B.A. in Communication, cum laude, from Mary Baldwin College and a J.D., cum laude, from Albany Law School.
Jim McDonough has been appointed Director of the Division of Veterans' Services. Mr. McDonough previously served as the Director of the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs from 2007 to 2010 where he was responsible for providing quality services and benefits to the nearly one-million veterans and families across the state. Mr. McDonough will continue to serve the Governor as the primary advocate for all veterans issues affecting access to federal, state, and local benefits and programs. Prior to joining the administration, he served as the Managing Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, widely acknowledged as higher education's most known and respected center of thought leadership and programing related to the social, economic and wellness concerns of the nation's veterans and their families. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Fellow for Veterans Affairs at the New York State Health Foundation and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester. In addition to his civilian professional career, Mr. McDonough has served in key military assignments, including as a Senior Operations Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom; a Battalion Commander in the 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment; a Joint Operations Officer for the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C.; an Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment; and as a speechwriter to the Secretary of the Army. McDonough retired as a Colonel in 2007. He has a Master's degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, a Master's degree in Communications from Indiana State University and a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Jesse Campoamor has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs. He brings over 12 years of campaign, labor, government and private sector experience to his new role. Previously, he served as Director of Community Affairs in the Office of the New York City Comptroller and as Political Organizer for 1199SEIU, New York, where he co-founded the "Purple Gold" program meant to develop the next generation of leaders in the labor movement. He received a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from Lafayette College.
Simonida Subotic has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Economic Development. Ms. Subotic brings nearly a decade of experience in management consulting, economic development, and growth and change management across Asia, the Middle East, and North America. Most recently she served as a Principal for the Boston Consulting Group where she was responsible for leading business development efforts, managing teams, and advising both public and private sector clients. Previously, in addition to consulting roles at the World Bank Group and the United Nations, she also served as a Director of Operations at Codecademy. Ms. Subotic received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Economics from Towson University and a Master's degree in Public Policy, Political and Economic Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Jeremy Shockett has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Public Safety. Previously, Mr. Shockett served as the First Deputy Chief of the Trial Division for the King's County District Attorney's Office, where he supervised over 400 attorneys and their chiefs across 11 bureaus covering Homicide, Trial Zones, Domestic Violence, Sex Crimes, Vehicular Crimes, Human Trafficking and Hate Crimes. Prior to that, he served as an Executive Assistant District Attorney and an Assistant District Attorney for the Bronx County District Attorney's Office, as well as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Shockett received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Florida and graduated from the National Law Center at George Washington University with honors.