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    08.11.15 Jonathan Soto ’16 named Senior Community Liaison by Mayor de Blasio
    Jonathan Soto

    Jonathan Soto ’16 has been appointed as Senior Community Liaison in the Community Affairs Unit of City Hall by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    Soto, a part-time student, is a widely respected organizer and advocacy leader. In this position he will work with the newly created Clergy Advisory Council, a diverse group of local faith leaders from all five boroughs. His role is to foster better relationships, communication, and engagement between their communities and the city government.

    “I’m confident that Jonathan will bring us closer to communities of faith to ensure that New Yorkers can provide essential feedback and benefit from what our city has to offer,” said Mayor de Blasio.

    Previously, Soto served as Policy Director for the Bronx Clergy Roundtable. He also was Borough Director for the Bronx Long Term Recovery Group, dedicated to physical and economic rehabilitation of communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. In that position, he partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

    “In the lead-up to the 2008 elections, when I was an Obama volunteer, I got swept into this desire to give back to my community,” Soto said. “That’s how it all started. And I think that lawyers today must be not only kind of creative, but entrepreneurial in our type of approach to the opportunities that are ahead. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

    Soto will address new Brooklyn Law School students at the annual Convocation ceremony on August 18.

    Read more:

    Mayor de Blasio Appoints Jonathan Soto as Senior Community Liaison in Community Affairs Unit (press release)

    Bronx Times: Jonathan Soto to guide new citywide Clergy Advisory Council for Mayor de Blasio