Chris runs our New York City practice where he works with clients like AT&T, the Bloomberg Foundation, NY Presbyterian Hospital and Standard Chartered Bank. Chris also helps lead our Tech & Public Policy projects. Prior to joining Tusk Strategies, Chris worked for Mike Bloomberg for 12 years. He served at City Hall, served on Mayor’s three electoral campaigns, and served at Bloomberg L.P.
Most recently, Chris was an Assistant Commissioner in the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment where he oversaw communications and external affairs with the City’s tech and media industries. During Chris’s time in City government, he helped set up the first-ever NYC Digital Office. Chris co-authored the Roadmap for the Digital City which the Mike unveiled as the first digital blueprint for City government in the nation. Chris also created a new structure for digital and print ads and oversaw much of the ad placement for the City. While Chris was at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the film and television industry experienced record job creation.
Before rejoining the City, Chris worked on the 2009 Bloomberg campaign as a senior communications strategist. He helped secure a record-breaking 64 endorsements from newspapers across the City. He also oversaw the campaign’s video efforts and worked closely with the digital team. Before the 2009 campaign, Chris was a political producer for Bloomberg News.
During Chris’s first stint at City Hall from 2002-2007, he served as First Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit, where he helped manage the Mayor’s community relationships. He was also Director of the Mayor’s Advance team and Assistant Press Secretary, coordinating the Mayor’s daily events in the 5 boroughs and foreign trips in places ranging from Haiti to Israel.
Chris also worked on the winning Claire McCaskill for Senate campaign after Mike endorsed her and asked Chris to go to Missouri in 2006. Chris was named a Rising Star by the Queens Courier in 2010 and by City Hall News in 2011. Chris currently serves on the Board of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and is also on the LGBT Center Young Leaders Council. Chris was born and raised in New York City and now lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn with his husband Adam J. Riff.