Laura Negrón Chief Privacy Officer, City of New York & General Counsel, Mayor’s Office of Operations
Laura is the first woman in her family to attend college, born to parents who placed an extremely high value on education and public service but did not have the opportunity for a higher education. Before joining the Administration, Laura had an extensive career in various executive, legal, and community-based leadership positions serving largely underrepresented communities and populations throughout New York City. Among these positions, she directed a demonstration project at the Vera Institute of Justice, a policy reform initiative providing civil legal and other services to individuals adjudicated by a court as incapacitated; served as a deputy county attorney in the Office of the Nassau County Attorney’s Legal Counsel and Affirmative Litigation bureaus; and was dean of institutional advancement at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. She has also developed and managed numerous community-based organizations’ divisions and programs in education, mental health, immigration, career development, and senior care, having raised millions of dollars in grant funding and philanthropic support -- the common thread in these roles, to serve the public interest by working to solve complex policy, socio-economic, and legal problems in new and innovative ways.
Laura holds an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work at CUNY, and a J.D. from CUNY School of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of the New York City Law Review, and was awarded and completed a Charles Revson Public Interest fellowship at Human Rights Watch. Her note, Gender and Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa, was published in the East African Journal on Peace and Human Rights (Uganda).
Fun fact: Having studied various forms of dance since the age of 3, Laura is an avid salsa dancer, having taken classes for more than twenty years with a variety of talented and prominent instructors. She has been part of student salsa performances in different NYC venues over the years, and especially enjoys salsa cruises with family and good friends, where she gets to dance and enjoy fabulous music performed by world-renowned musicians.