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Who’s Involved

The NYC Speaks Action Plan reflects the contributions and hard work of hundreds of individuals, community and non-profit organizations, philanthropic funders, and City agencies and offices

NYC Speaks is a six-month citywide public engagement and people-driven government transformation initiative that is engaging tens of thousands of New Yorkers to inform the priorities and policies of the Eric Adams administration.

The effort, a public-private partnership between the new administration and a growing network of community leaders and civic institutions, is hosted by Goodnation Philanthropy Advisors, managed by HR&A Advisors in partnership with Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright’s team, and backed by some of New York’s largest and most innovative philanthropic organizations, including Ford Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Trinity Church Wall Street, New York Women’s Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, New York Community Trust, Galaxy Gives, CityBridge, and Education Fund.

NYC Speaks Policy Council

The Policy Council is a collective of community members who have been involved in every step of launching this project—from researching and creating the questions of the survey, to implementing the survey on a city-wide scale. They are everyday New Yorkers from each borough—restaurant owners, artists, religious leaders, teachers, activists, hospital workers, and more.

Community Data Partners

Our Community Data partners were our team members on the ground – individuals from a wide variety of community organizations who were canvassing across priority neighborhoods and helping people fill this survey out online, in order to make it accessible to as many New Yorkers as possible.

NY Communities for ChangeBrooklyn
Using Positive InitiativesBronx
Uptown Grand CentralManhattan
Brooklyn Level Up (BKLVLUP)Brooklyn
Hood TherapyQueens
Parents Supporting Parents NYManhattan
Real Dads NetworkQueens
Chinatown Block WatchManhattan
Project HospitalityStaten Island
Chinese Business Association of NYQueens
Nacole Grogan (Policy Council)Queens
Homecrest Community ServicesBrooklyn
Mujeres en MovimientoQueens
Parent-Child Relationship AssociationBrooklyn
United Chinese Association of BrooklynBrooklyn
Brooklyn Ballers Sports Youth & CorpBrooklyn
CGE LabQueens
Coney Island Council NYCBrooklyn
Crystal DavidQueens & Bushwick

Community Conversation Partners

50 community-based organizations partnered with us to host Community Conversations. These organizations are receiving micro-grants to support their participation following an already completed selection process.

African American Women in Cinema
Alliance of Families for Justice
APNA Brooklyn Community Center, Inc
Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE)
Carroll Gardens Association
Catholic Charities NY – The Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Center
Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY
Center for NYC Neighborhoods
Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corp.
Central Family Life Center
Churchgoer at Iglesia Filipina Independiente
Empower My Hood Inc.
Exodus Transitional Community
Faith in New York
Haitian American Caucus-Haiti Inc
Healing Hands
Hellen Keller Services
Homecrest Community Services
India Home, Inc.
Interfaith Center of New York
Jahajee Sisters
Kilomba Collective
Kings Against Violence Initiative, Inc. (KAVI)
Le Bon Service

League of Women Voters of the City of New York (LWVCNY)
Loisaida, Inc.
Magnolia Tree
Mission to End Modern Slavery (MEMS)
Muslim Community Network
NAACP – Brooklyn Branch
NAACP NYS Youth & College Division
NAACP- Mid Manhattan Branch
NALEO Educational Fund
New Immigrant Community Empowerment
New York Boricua Resistance
NY Laundromat Business Association
NYC Together: We Build The Block
Project Hospitality
Quality Services for the Autism Community
Queens Center Of The Arts
Real Dads Network
Restorative Justice Initiative
Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation
Seven Stories Institute
Share for Life Foundation
The Minkwon Center for Community Action
Transportation Alternatives
United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, Inc
Urban Youth Alliance (BronxConnect)

Youth Ambassadors

35 NYC Youth Speaks Ambassadors received training on how to facilitate Community Conversations and hosted at least two Community Conversations events themselves.

Zena A.
Katrina B.
Kymani B.
Dominique D.
LeAsia K. E.
Fatima F.
Demiya F.
Chelsea F.
Qirrah G.
Tsering L.
Regina L.
Parfait N.
Grace R.
Regina L.
Omosefe N.

Mashal S.
Joseph T.
Althea W.
Elizabeth W.
Isis T.
Elisha M.
Osaivbie E.
Mariam A.
Shiyanne H.
Gurpreet K.
Nethaniel C.
Lorenzo G.
Ayinde H.
Iyatta M. M.

City Government Partners

NYC Speaks was managed in partnership with Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright’s team. The Action Plan received input from City Government partners that participated in survey outreach, Community Conversations, and Action Plan Workshops.

Brooklyn Borough President
Brooklyn Public Library
Commission on Gender Equity
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
New York Police Department
New York Public Library
NYC Administration for Children’s Services
NYC Chief Housing Officer
NYC Chief Service Officer
NYC Committee on Education
NYC Committee on Hospitals
NYC Committee on Youth Services
NYC Comptroller’s Office

NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services
NYC Department of Education

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
NYC Department of Probation

NYC Department of Youth and Community Development 
NYC Deputy Mayor of Economic Development & Workforce
NYC Economic Development Corporation
NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Housing and Preservation Department
NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)
NYC Human Resources Administration
NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice
NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
NYC Mayor’s Office of Efficiency
NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations
NYC Mayor’s Office of Talent & Workforce Development
NYC Mayor’s Office of Youth Employment 
NYC Public Advocate’s Office
NYC Young Men’s Initiative 
Queens Public Library

Civic Partners

NYC Speaks partnered with a robust network of civic and community-based organizations to co-lead this process. In addition to the community-based organizations listed above, the following organizations supported the distribution of the survey.

Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
COMTO New York
Coro NY
CUNY Student Senate
Greater NY Hospital Association
Human Services Council (HSC)
Interfaith Center of New York

La Colmena
National Action Network
New Leaders Council
New York Public Library
One Hundred Black Men of NY
Queens Public Library
Staten Island Democratic Party
Street Vendor Project
Teens Against Crime
The Links Corporation
The New York Center for Interpersonal Development
Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU)
United Activities Unlimited, Inc.

Project Partner

In addition to the community-based organizations listed above, NYC Speaks worked in partnership with Hester Street, an urban planning, design and development nonprofit working to ensure neighborhoods are shaped by the people who live in them. 

Project Management Team

NYC Speaks is managed by HR&A Advisors, a mission-driven, employee-owned urban planning and economic development consulting firm based in NYC.

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