Mayor’s Office of Information Privacy Staff


Aaron Friedman
Aaron is a Principal Senior Counsel at the Mayor’s Office of Information Privacy. Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Aaron was a senior attorney at in the Office of Child Support Services at the NYC Department of Social Services, where he litigated support and administrative law cases. Aaron is a graduate of CUNY Queens College and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Fun fact: Aaron kept a pet duck named Duck, has a pet fish named Fish, and used to be an electrician.

Rebecca Blatt
Becky is a Senior Counsel at the Mayor’s Office of Information Privacy, with a primary focus on legislative affairs, intergovernmental and external relations, and other special projects. Prior to joining the team, she served in various roles throughout the De Blasio administration including on the City Legislative Affairs team and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development. She is a native New Yorker, and a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Fun Fact: Becky enjoys making desserts for friends and has been known to make festive Jello molds.

Kahini Ranade
Kahini is an Associate General Counsel at the Mayor’s Office of Information Privacy. Before joining MOIP, Kahini was an Honors Associate at the New York City Housing Authority, where she advised on and litigated issues related to public housing in New York City, and a Law Fellow at Metro-North Railroad, where she worked on litigation and contracts matters. Kahini is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Fun Fact: One of Kahini’s first legal experiences was helping a person obtain rights to grow a corn maze in the shape of Bucky Badger, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s beloved mascot.

Howard Chen
Howard is an Assistant General Counsel at the Mayor’s Office of Information Privacy. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, he worked at Boston University’s Office of General Counsel. Howard holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where he worked on privacy-related issues at the Technology Law Clinic and interned at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor. Howard also holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Fun Fact: Howard is a fan of classical music. He can play three instruments, but only has time for one these days (probably because he spends more time listening than actually playing).

Alex Palumbo
Alex is a Legal Associate for the Mayor’s Office of Information Privacy. He is a dual J.D./M.P.A  graduate of the University of Washington where he interned for the Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, led the autonomous vehicles initiative for UW’s Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic, and authored a master’s capstone on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion trainings in the workplace. Prior to pursuing advanced degrees, Alex worked in health policy and was a college athlete and graduate of Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University.

Fun Fact: Though a primitive cook at best, Alex enjoys spending his spare time watching cooking shows and is a self-described gastronome.