Patricia E. Harris is the First Deputy Mayor of New York City, the City’s highest appointed position. In this role, she manages the operations of City Hall, and supervises policy and personnel decisions. She oversees a number of agencies including Parks and Recreation, Cultural Affairs, Consumer Affairs, Design and Construction, and Landmarks Preservation. She also supervises all of the City’s special events as well as the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Harris was appointed First Deputy Mayor in 2005 – the first woman in New York City history to hold the position – after serving as Deputy Mayor for Administration during Mayor Bloomberg’s first term.
Harris first began her career in public service with Mayor Edward I. Koch, serving first as his assistant, and then as Executive Director of the City's Art Commission. She went on to work at Serino Coyne Advertising, followed by Bloomberg L.P., where she managed the Philanthropy, Public Relations, and Governmental Affairs divisions. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Franklin and Marshall College.