Government/Legislative Policy 2022

10am - 10:45am - Room LER 555


Darrell Gay - Moderator

Arent Fox

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Darrell Gay is a Labor & Employment Partner at Arent Fox. As part of his nationally recognized work, Darrell advises clients on decisions relating to employee management, including critical cultural and diversity issues. Darrell focuses on assisting his clients with compliance with national and local labor/employment laws and management best practices. Darrell has developed and provided training to the management teams of his clients on issues including employee performance, conducting internal investigations, leave laws, and sexual harassment. Darrell’s work for clients includes management of union and pre-union environments, union negotiations, and NLRB matters. In addition, he serves as chief negotiator for his clients during collective-bargaining sessions. Darrell has led internal investigations of senior-level executives, frequently being retained by the entities’ Corporate Board of Directors. He has experience before administrative agencies as well as Federal and State courts and has handled investigations conducted by the New York State Attorney General’s office.Andrew Kimball is President & CEO of New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he leads NYCEDC’s work growing an innovative and inclusive economy for all New Yorkers. Prior to his appointment in 2022, Andrew served as the CEO of Industry City, where he directed the transformation of the long-underutilized industrial facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Under his leadership, Industry City invested over $450 million in infrastructure and place-making initiatives, and grew thousands of jobs and hundreds of businesses, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.


Andrew Kimball

President & CEO, NYCEDC


Andrew previously served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, overseeing the transformation of the 300-acre former Naval ship-building facility into a national model for the creation of innovation-economy jobs, sustainability, and community partnerships.


Prior to his time at the Navy Yard, Andrew served as director of operations for NYC2012, the privately funded bid to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to New York City, and as vice president of the New York Public Library. Up until his appointment to NYCEDC, Andrew sat on numerous boards, including the Coro New York Leadership Center, where he served as chair; Prospect Park Alliance; Gowanus Canal Conservancy; Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Citizens Budget Commission; and the NYS Regional Economic Development Council.


He holds a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College and is a graduate of the Coro Public Affairs Fellowship program. A life-long New Yorker, Andrew lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife, Sarah Williams, and two children

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Kimberly Darga

Deputy Commissioner of Development

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Kim Darga is the Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Development at the City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the nation’s largest municipal housing agency. Kim provides strategic leadership and oversight of housing finance programs to create and preserve affordable rental and homeownership opportunities throughout New York City. Kim first joined HPD in 2007, and has held various positions at HPD, most recently as Associate Commissioner of the Division of Preservation Finance. Prior to joining HPD, Kim worked in various economic development and urban planning capacities in New York City, Dallas, and Beacon, NY. Kim received a Master of Public Policy from University of Michigan.


Cathleen Mccadden

HCR Leadership


*Previously served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff 

*Programmatic Portfolio includes: Public Information Office, Intergovernmental Affairs, MWBE Unit, Office of Strategic Management, and the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery 

*Chairs the agency's DEI Committee 

*Supports the work of the Executive leadership at HCR

Cathleen McCadden was the chief of staff at New York State Homes and Community
Renewal. " Anyone will tell you in Harlem she's more popular than me," Brian
shared about her.
Also, in 2013, she was the director of Assemblyman Keith Wright's office. Back
then, she often voiced different community events including CB10's Affordable
Housing Forum at HSOB.
Overall, Cathleen's a worker, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a volunteer, and an all-
around great human being. She kept her job and personal life perfectly balanced.
As for her husband's career, Brian started his career after graduating with a master'
degree from Harvard. Initially, he worked as the managing director of Genesis
Companies, LLC for 7 long years before becoming the state senator of New York
State in 2017.

In 2019, he then posted his candidacy for NYC comptroller but went on to become
the Lt. governor of NYC in Sept 2021. Sadly, within a year, Brian was forced to
resign after being involved with a campaign finance scheme in April 2022.
At the time, Brian was with the board of trustees of Brown University for over 7
Also, Brian is a former student of Brown University. He graduated with a bachelor of
arts degree in public policy analysis from Brown's in 1998.