Mayor Bill De BlasioMetropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala, Metropolitan Opera House, New York, USA - 25 Sep 2017

Three fashion industry executives have been added to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City Board of Advisors: Neil Blumenthal, cofounder and co-chief executive officer of Warby Parker; Gigi Ganatra Duff, vice president of public relations and corporate affairs for Nordstrom Inc., and JoAnn Murray, chief human resources officer for Condé Nast. 

On Friday, de Blasio announced 19 new appointments to the fund that has a goal to come up with “creating innovative and evidence-based approaches to address the city’s most pressing challenges.”

The fund is a not-for-profit organization that was created in 1994 and works with more than 80 city programs, projects and initiatives, 300-plus institutional funders and more than 100 community organizations. Its goal is to improve the lives of vulnerable New Yorkers and others outside of the city. Most recently, the fund collected $1.7 million in aid for those impacted by the natural disasters in Texas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

“To address the challenges facing our city, we need all New Yorkers pushing for progress together — including those in our robust private sector,” de Blasio said. “I welcome these new members to the Mayor’s Fund board and thank them for their commitment to making New York the fairest big city in America.”

Other new members include Ellen Alemany, chairwoman and chief executive officer of CIT Group, Charles Bendit, co-ceo of Taconic Investment Partners, Valentino Carlotti, executive vice president and global head of business development for Sotheby’s and Keith Mestrich, president and ceo of Amalgamated Bank.

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