Jorge Fanjul has had a career in New York City government specializing in government relations and public administration spanning almost 10 years. He most recently served as the senior advisor to two New York City deputy mayors on Democracy NYC, the mayor’s citywide civic engagement initiative, and as the mayoral policy lead on issues regarding seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, as well as the deputy director for the Office of the Census for NYC under the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives. He advises executive agency leadership on interagency initiatives, providing strategic planning and project management support. His previous roles in government include being chief of staff to the chair of the New York City Council’s Finance Committee where he worked extensively on management and budget, and prior to that was Deputy Director for Public Affairs and Queens Borough Director for Community Relations at the Office of the New York City Comptroller.
Jorge has also served his community as an elected district leader and as president of the Queens County Young Democrats. Prior to entering Georgetown University and becoming a National Urban Fellow, he began his academic career by attending Queensborough Community College then earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Stony Brook University, and his master’s degree in urban affairs from Queens College of the City University of New York. He is a proud alumnus of the CUNY New York State Model Senate Session Project, the We Are All New York Fellowship (formerly the One Queens Fellowship), and Coro Leadership New York.
Born to immigrant refugee parents from Cuba and the first in his family to attend college, Jorge grew up being taught the importance of hard work and determination. He wanted to be a National Urban Fellow because he believed doing so would further deepen his understanding of public policy, help to make him a better public servant, and help to better position him as an agent of positive change in our society.