Columbia Law School graduates Elizabeth Glazer ’86, Alicia K. Glen ’93, and Maya Wiley ’89 earned prominent appointments in New York City government earlier this year, joining first-term New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration as high-ranking advisers.
Glazer, a former chief adviser on criminal justice to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, was named head of de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice, which oversees New York City’s criminal justice policy. Glazer serves as the mayor’s chief representative to courts, district attorneys, and criminal justice agencies. She is also the mayor’s senior criminal justice policy adviser. Glazer has previously served as special counsel to the New York State attorney general.
Mayor de Blasio appointed Glen deputy mayor for housing and economic development. In that role, she leads the administration’s efforts to invest in emerging industries, re-target unsuccessful corporate subsidies, and expand affordable housing opportunities within the city. Glen previously served as head of Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group. From 1998 to 2002, she was the assistant commissioner for housing finance within New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Wiley was named counsel to the mayor and advises de Blasio on legal matters related to the executive staff, City Hall, policy, and administrative issues. She also spearheads special projects, such as efforts to invest in New York City’s technology infrastructure. Wiley has spent her career as a civil rights and social justice advocate. She is the founder and former president of the Center for Social Inclusion, a New York City–based nonprofit organization that identifies and supports policy strategies that aim to combat social inequity and exclusion. Wiley spent 12 years leading the organization before stepping down to join the de Blasio administration. This spring, Columbia Law School’s Black Law Students Association named Wiley its 2014 Paul Robeson Gala distinguished alumni honoree.