Yvette Buckner manages high-profile client campaigns involving regulatory issues ranging from transportation and technology to education and environmental protection. Since beginning her career as a community organizer more than 20 years ago, she has held a deep belief that coalition-building and authentic dialogue lead to successful outcomes that move the political process forward on a local, state and national level.
Yvette was recently recognized by City & State as one of New York’s top “Black Women Power Brokers.” She was also named a Top 50 New York Lobbyist in 2020. In addition, she was named as The Riveter’s “Top Black Women Activists You Should Know.” Yvette also provides media commentary on public policy and politics.
Prior to joining Tusk, she served as Vice President at the MirRam Group where she oversaw a portfolio ranging from non-profit organizations to Fortune 100 companies and labor unions. She led teams in securing multi-million-dollar government capital and operational grants for clients to do bold and innovative work throughout New York State. She was also the strategic advisor on the successful campaign to elect Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in 2017.
Earlier in her career, Yvette served as a Special Advisor and Senior Press Officer to New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, the first African American to hold the position. During her tenure, she secured national and international media on the country’s fifth largest pension fund. Additionally, she spent years working in public health and advocated for the successful passage of smoke-free parks, beaches and public spaces.
Beyond her work at Tusk, Yvette is a tireless advocate for increasing the representation of women in elected office. She serves as the Vice Chair of 21 in ’21, to get 21 women (of a 51-member body) elected to the NYC Council in 2021. She is also a Board Member at Vote Mama to get more mothers in public office across the country and is a Vice Chair of the Brooklyn YWCA, which aims to help empower women on social justice issues,
Yvette earned her Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut. She is a proud resident of Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Yvette is based out of our New York office.
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