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Jeff Roth

Jeff Roth

Jeffrey D. Roth is the Deputy Commissioner for DVS. He is responsible for overseeing the administrative, operational, programmatic and external affairs operations for the agency. Specifically, he will monitor and advise on strategic planning of all DVS programming, overseeing the development and implementation of VetConnectNYC, and establishing positive relationships with key stakeholders and decision-makers within City government. In this role, Roth was recognized in City and State in July 2016 as a "Veteran Still Serving to Improve New York.”

Roth brings a wealth of experience in City government and has led several projects and initiatives to build operational, data and technology capacity in various organizations. Recently, he was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and External Affairs at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). There, Roth oversaw policy formation and data analytics for the TLC, which regulates a historically high number of vehicles and drivers; over 80,000 vehicles driven by approximately 150,000 licensees, transporting nearly a million New Yorkers and visitors every day.

Prior to joining DVS, Roth served as Assistant Commissioner at the FDNY. In that role, he was responsible for the Risk-Based Inspection System, a multi-phase project that enabled the Department to identify buildings most at risk for fire and prioritize them for inspections. This work was noted in Crain's New York Business, which recognized Roth as a member of its "Class of 2014 Forty Under Forty," its annual list of the most talented, driven and dynamic professionals under the age of 40 working in New York City.

Roth also serves in the New York Army National Guard as the 42nd Infantry Division Fire Support Coordinator holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served in 2004 in Sinai, Egypt as part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), an organization charged with maintaining the peace protocols between Egypt and Israel, and in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy in New York City.

Roth holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University. He resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn. When not working, he is an avid reader, rail-fan, history buff, magician, and enjoys gardening. And when he can get out of town, he loves to travel to faraway places.