NYC Mayor’s Office
As an Urban Fellow, I worked on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s speechwriting team.
Typically, one speechwriter would lead a speech, researching, drafting, incorporating stakeholder feedback, sending a version around for editing by the rest of the team, making corrections, and submitting a final copy. Unfortunately, I can’t share samples, but I’ve included links to coverage of some projects I worked on—proofreading, fact-checking, contributing language, and (in a couple of cases) acting as the primary writer.
Million Trees NYC 500,000th tree planting (event video).
First annual NYC Literary Honors (press release).
NYC BigApps 3.0 awards ceremony (The Next Web article + event video).
BigApps awarded grants to apps that used data made available through the NYC Open Data initiative.
2012 Shorty Awards (Forbes).
Social media awards ceremony. (Bloomberg was nominated for “Foursquare Mayor of the Year.”)
CitiBike (bike share program) funding announcement (WNYC).
Brooklyn Navy Yard museum opening (Gothamist).
Letters and proclamations
I also worked on the Correspondence team, writing Proclamations (documents honoring organizations that positively impact the city) and letters to nonprofits, businesses, and community organizations: Consumer Reports, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, CityLimits.org, and the Harlem Dowling Center, to name a few.
Bloomberg (in)famously took Spanish lessons and made a practice of ending speeches with recaps ✨en español✨. I wrote a number of these blurbs. Summarizing a speech quickly while sounding natural—but not too natural for a new Spanish learner—was an interesting challenge. A few events for which I contributed Spanish: Social Media Week 2012; groundbreaking of the Gotham West building; Steiner Studios expansion.
Social media, @NYCMayorsOffice
Twitter: with guidance from a mentor, helped @nycmayorsoffice add 15,000 followers. Researched and wrote responses to constituent questions with the #AskMike hashtag.
Helped initiate the @nycmayorsoffice Instagram.
Wrote as “NYCGov” for Tumblr and other channels, working with NYC Digital and City agencies to source post ideas. Sample posts: Literary Honors, #NYCPoetweet (poetry contest), NYC BigApps, Immigrant Heritage Week 2012, Taxi of Tomorrow launch, #AskMike example question.