Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Senior Advisor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez was appointed as Senior Advisor by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in February 2017. Cortés-Vázquez works within the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, advises the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs and Public Engagement Units, and assists other agencies throughout the administration to engage the public and expand community outreach across NYC. As Senior Advisor, Cortés-Vázquez engages the Latino community around key issues, including: criminal justice reform; economic justice; housing and economic development; immigration; job creation; M/WBE contracting and outreach; and Universal pre-K.Prior to serving in the Mayor’s Office, Cortés-Vázquez was Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations and Government Affairs at EmblemHealth, where she was responsible for EmblemHealth’s relationships with key government, community and industry stakeholders, better positioning EmblemHealth for new growth opportunities. Cortés- Vázquez was also the Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets and Engagement at the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) where she developed a comprehensive 5-year strategic plan. At AARP, she ensured that the interests of multicultural age 50-plus audiences were integrated into everything AARP does, with the goal of increasing multicultural presence among AARP membership and increasing AARP’s involvement in those communities.