Understanding & Leveraging Power in Government: Networking and Building Coalitions to Build your Career
Join us for a fascinating discussion with several MCNY alumni who work in government positions. How do you get a job in the government, how do you navigate changes in leadership, budgetary processes and still get things done?
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Meet the Panel
Constance Robinson-Turner is the Program Administrator for the Mobile Dental Care Program at the New York University College of Dentistry. She helped initiate the program by securing funding from the NYC Council more than a decade ago, the program continues to provide children with dental services in their own communities throughout New York. Prior to her role at NYU, Connie served as Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to Assemblyman William Boyland and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark. Connie serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at MCNY and serves as a member of Community Board 12 in Queens. She received a B.A. from City College of New York and a MS in Administration from MCNY.
Larry Scott-Blackmon is the Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach for NYC Parks. In this role, Mr. Blackmon directs the Parks Department’s efforts to foster and grow relationships with constituents by shaping and crafting policy and activities geared toward community coordination, development, and management. Previously, Larry served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs at New York City Department of Small Business Services worked for the New York Jets of the National Football League where he served as the Senior Manager for Public Affairs. He has worked with federal, state and local elected officials throughout his career, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel. Mr. Blackmon lives in Harlem and is an active member of the community. Mr. Blackmon is a graduate of the Coro Leadership New York program and a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society. He earned a B.A. in 1996 from the State University of New York College at New Paltz and a Masters in Public Administration in 2007 from Metropolitan College of New York where he also serves as an adjunct professor.
Marricka Scott-McFadden is currently the Deputy Chief Clerk at the Bronx Borough office of the New York City Board of Elections. She is the ranking Democrat in this office and is responsible for the management and execution of all elections in the Borough of the Bronx. Marricka received her Bachelors’ degree from Herbert H. Lehman College and her Masters from Metropolitan College of New York. In 2009 she was named in City Hall Magazine’s 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Politics. She is a proud Bronx resident and has spent the last 15 years serving her beloved community. She is also the exhausted mother of Vaughn McFadden.