Chris Coffey leads the New York practice for Tusk Ventures and for Tusk Strategies, where he works with clients like The Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA), New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Affordable Streets (NYCLASS), Bird, and Whole Foods. He has run successful legislative efforts in cities and states across the country, most recently in San Francisco. In New York City, he specializes in creating major media campaigns that dominate news coverage for days and weeks at a time. Successful examples include the Times Square Alliance, Uber, the PBA, and NYCLASS. Most recently, he served as a senior strategist to Corey Johnson’s winning campaign for Speaker of the New York City Council. He also serves on District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s transition committee.
Prior to joining Tusk, Chris worked for Mike Bloomberg for 12 years at City Hall, on Mike’s three electoral campaigns, and at Bloomberg L.P.
During Chris’ time in City government, he helped set up the first-ever NYC Digital Office at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. He co-authored the Roadmap for the Digital City, which Mayor Bloomberg unveiled as the first digital blueprint for City government in the nation. Before that, Chris worked on the 2009 Bloomberg campaign as a senior communications strategist, as First Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit where he helped manage the Mayor’s community relationships, and as an assistant press secretary and director of the Mayor Bloomberg’s advance team.
Chris serves as the Vice Chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and on the boards of Women in Need (WIN), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and Athlete Ally, a group dedicated to equality in sports. Chris has been named a rising star by City & State and the Queens Courier. He was named to the 2018 City & State’s Power Pride list of influential gays in New York. He frequently appears on NY1 as an expert on New York politics, and guest lectures at NYU on government and public policy. Chris was born and raised in New York City and now lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn with his husband and their son.
NYT, NYD, NY Post, WSJ, every day
What trend do you hope comes back?
Being a Mets fan