NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña Headlines Brooklyn Chamber’s Newsmakers Event

January 28, 2016

  NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña Headlines
                                                    Brooklyn Chamber’s Newsmakers Event

This morning, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hosted Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, as keynote speaker at the ninth edition of its Newsmakers series.

Chancellor Fariña discussed various topics pertaining to education in New York City and Brooklyn, including universal pre-k, dual language programs, and literature diversity.

“Brooklyn is my home and I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to speak to a group of thought leaders and business owners who are so dedicated to the City,” said Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. “I urge everyone to make a commitment, small or large, and become involved in their local public school. I’m proud of the work we’ve done, but we have so much more to do to ensure an excellent and equitable education for all our children.”

“Chancellor Fariña’s exceptional career in the DOE has positively impacted millions of students citywide,” said Brooklyn Chamber President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “Under the Chancellor’s leadership, New York City’s leaders of tomorrow have access to a top-notch education. I would like to thank the Chancellor for keynoting our Newsmakers series and for all her incredible work.”

“The Brooklyn Chamber is proud to have a true innovator, such as Chancellor Fariña, speak at our Newsmakers event,” said Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “With access to the best education, which includes a diversified environment, Brooklyn and all of New York City will retain its competitive edge. Chancellor Fariña’s commitment to our youth will certainly lead to better employment opportunities and will create a stronger city overall.”

Newsmakers is sponsored exclusively by Investors Bank, and is held in conjunction with NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

Investors Bank Chief Operating Officer Domenick Cama said, “We are honored to sponsor the Brooklyn Newsmaker event featuring Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Investors Bank recognizes the significant contribution Chancellor Fariña makes to the students of New York City and understands the enormous responsibility she has for educating our children. Investors Bank stands committed to helping with this great cause. We also thank Carlo Scissura and the Brooklyn Chamber for its efforts in bringing newsworthy matters to the business community.”

“Education is the panacea for society’s issues, and at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering we have found no better partner in the advancement of STEM education for both New York City’s teachers and students than Chancellor Fariña,” said Sayar Lonial, Director of Marketing and Communications at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. “We are excited to have her on campus again and look forward to continuing to pursue worthy goals, such as CS4All and other STEM initiatives, under her leadership.”

“We’re pleased to have Chancellor Fariña join the Newsmakers Series at a particularly timely moment,” said Tucker Reed, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “With Downtown Brooklyn’s residential population nearly quadrupling in size over the last fifteen years, school overcrowding is a major issue facing the area. We’re looking forward to a thoughtful discussion with the Chancellor about how we can work together to alleviate that issue in the coming years as even more residents pour into the neighborhood.”

Previous Newsmakers keynote speakers include Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and Public Advocate Letitia James, among others.