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Manhattanville Alumna to Serve as Mayor of New York City’s Chief of Staff


Laura Santucci, Chief of Staff for Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio.Laura Santucci, on left, sits in a meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio. Courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office Flickr account.
Manhattanville alumna Laura Santucci ’03 has been appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to be his Chief of Staff.

“It’s an honor to serve our new mayor and the city I love,” Santucci said in a statement from de Blasio’s office.  “We are going to put city government to work for everyday New Yorkers.”

While at Manhattanville Santucci worked as a student coordinator for the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action, and was very involved in the anti-war and anti-racism programs the center had at the time, Connie Hogarth said. She added that she helped Santucci get her first job after graduation with the 1119 SEIU, a healthcare workers union, which helped propel her career in politics and into her current position.  

“You ask my reaction when I first heard the news of her new job, well, very excited and proud, like a mother hen!” Hogarth said. “And I expect, as she has done all these 10 years since graduating, she will continue to do superbly well—dedicated and capable on an extraordinarily high level.”

Hogarth has not been in touch with Santucci since she was named to the Mayor’s staff, but will reach out to her once she gets more settled in. She added that when her husband, Art Kamell, died in 2010 Santucci came to the memorial service, and told Hogarth that she could not miss it because the two were such an influential part of her life.

Prior to being appointed to the de Blasio’s staff Santucci worked as Executive Director of his Transition Team. She has also worked as acting executive director for the Democratic National Committee, a special assistant in the White House, and as Associate Director for Politics and Legislation for the 1119SEIU.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the College.