5. Neal Kwatra
Founder and CEO, Metropolitan Public Strategies
Metropolitan Public Strategies Founder and CEO Neal Kwatra ( Laura Brett/Metropolitan Strategies )
As Metropolitan Public Strategies puts it, “We don’t work with just anyone – we fight the good fights.” And that strategy has worked for the firm, which has made a name for itself winning key progressive victories in recent years, even if it doesn’t have the massive staff of some of its competitors.
Other key employee: Austin Shafran, president
Notable clients: NYC Census 2020, Orsted, New York Offshore Wind Alliance, New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, New York Immigration Coalition (police reform and accountability campaign)
How did the world change in 2020 – and how are you adapting in 2021?
Throughout a year of unprecedented challenges, MPS is proud to have been at the center of two existential and core priorities for our collective future – ensuring New Yorkers were fairly and thoroughly counted in the census to protect vital federal funding and political representation, and working on a campaign in support of New York’s first offshore wind project to help move us toward a more sustainable clean energy future.
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