Julie Menin is the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), an agency which oversees a key sector in New York City’s economy and brings economic development to neighborhoods across all five boroughs. The agency has two divisions: The Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting serves as a one-stop shop for the entertainment industry, a sector that contributes nearly $9 billion to the City of New York’s economy and employs over 130,000 New Yorkers. NYC Media, manages and programs all of the media assets for the City of New York, including a television broadcast network reaching over 18 million people, a radio station and six local cable stations. With Menin’s appointment in February 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio expanded the agency to encompass the full scope of the entertainment industry, adding music, advertising, publishing, digital media and real estate as it relates to the creation of creative content to MOME’s portfolio.
Before her appointment to lead MOME, Menin served for two years as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), the nation’s largest municipal consumer affairs agency. As DCA Commissioner, Menin launched groundbreaking initiatives to protect consumers and was instrumental in implementing the Paid Sick Leave Law, the Small Business Relief Package to reduce fines on businesses, and the Living Wage Executive Order.
Under Menin’s stewardship, DCA achieved a remarkable turnaround by reducing fines on businesses by one third while increasing consumer restitution by 70 percent. In addition, she launched the City's first expanded Earned Income Tax initiative, creating an outreach program that resulted in an extraordinary 50 percent increase in New Yorkers using the City's free tax centers and returning $260 million to low-income New Yorkers. Menin also launched investigations into not-for-profit colleges, debt collectors, and other industries preying on New Yorkers.
For nearly two decades, Menin has been a pioneering leader in support of the City’s economic development. As a small business owner impacted by 9/11, she founded and ran Wall Street Rising, a non-profit devoted to promoting and sustaining businesses in lower Manhattan. Wall Street Rising helped local businesses and organizations to identify and apply for government assistance programs which enabled more than 600 of them to stay in business. In 2002, Menin worked with Jane Rosenthal and Robert de Niro when they launched the first Tribeca Film Festival, and through Wall Street Rising, initiated large scale cultural and economic development projects Art Downtown and Music Downtown, which brought thousands of people to Lower Manhattan and supported small businesses in the area.
In 2005, Menin was elected to Chairperson for Community Board 1, a position she held for seven years. She was widely acknowledged for her help in leading the revitalization of lower Manhattan. During her tenure as Chairperson, she helped build three new public schools, numerous new parks and secured $150 million of public funding to construct the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center. In 2009, she created, hosted and co-produced NBC’s Give & Take, an interview program focused on politics, current events, media and health. In 2013, she ran for Manhattan Borough President.
An accomplished lawyer and community leader, Menin began her career in 1992 as a regulatory attorney at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington D.C., and worked as Senior Regulatory Attorney at Colgate-Palmolive in New York City beginning in 1995.
Menin has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership, including the National Association of Women Business Owners Community Service Award, the Women’s City Club of New York “City Spirit Award,” the New York League of Conservation Voters “Public Service” award, City and State’s New York Power 100 award, the Women’s Campaign Fund’s “Rising Star” award, the New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” award, City and State’s “40 Under 40” award, and Citizen Union’s “Civic Leadership” award. Menin has served on the boards of the Municipal Art Society, Governor’s Island, the National September 11th Memorial & Museum, the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, and is currently on the board of Public Service at Harvard College, the Paley Center for Media and NYC & Company.
Menin earned her B.A. Magna Cum Laude at Columbia University and her J.D. at Northwestern University School of Law. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.