Named for former Mayor John Lindsay, the CUNY ISLG Lindsay Fellowship in Government Leadership and Practice engages promising New York City leaders who have been elected to the city and state legislative bodies in the past four years. The program, which began in 2017, aims to deepen their understanding of the pressures and concerns that influence government decision-making and build the skills necessary to make an impact on the future of New York City.

The CUNY ISLG Lindsay Fellowship in Government Leadership and Practice seeks to recognize Mayor Lindsay’s legacy of attracting young talent to local government. The Lindsay Fellows meet about 10 times a year to exchange ideas with business, civic and academic leaders, experts in sectors including media and technology and former government officials.

Members of the New York City Council and State Legislature representing the City who were elected within the past four years are invited to apply to become a Lindsay Fellow. An advisory board of former government officials screens and interviews applicants, selects the class of fellows, and provide guidance on the program.

2019 Lindsay Fellows in Government Leadership and Practice

State Assemblymember Stacey Pheffer Amato, Queens
State Assemblymember Catalina Cruz, Queens
State Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa, Manhattan
State Assemblymember Simcha Eichenstein, Brooklyn
State Assemblymember Harvey Epstein, Manhattan
State Assemblymember Charles Fall, Staten Island
State Assemblymember Nathalia Fernandez, Bronx
State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, Manhattan
State Assemblymember Michael Reilly, Staten Island
State Assemblymember Diana C. Richardson, Brooklyn
State Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal, Queens
State Assemblymember Tremaine Wright, Brooklyn
State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, Bronx
State Senator Andrew Gounardes, Brooklyn
State Senator Zellnor Myrie, Brooklyn
State Senator Jessica Ramos, Queens
City Councilmember Kalman Yeger, Brooklyn

2018 CUNY ISLG Lindsay Fellows in Government Leadership and Practice


City Council Member Adrienne Adams, Queens

State Senator Marisol Alcantara, Manhattan

City Council Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Brooklyn

State Senator Jamaal Bailey, Bronx

State Senator Brian Benjamin, Manhattan

Assembly Member Michael Blake, Bronx

City Council Member Justin Brannan, Brooklyn

Assembly Ron Castorina, Staten Island

State Senator Leroy Comrie, Queens

State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Brooklyn

Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, Bronx

State Senator Roxanne Persaud, Brooklyn

Council Member Keith Powers, Manhattan

Council Member Carlina Rivera, Manhattan

Assembly Member Latrice Walker, Brooklyn

2017 CUNY ISLG Lindsay Fellows in Government Leadership and Practice

The inaugural class of 2017 Fellows reflected on the value they found in the Fellowship:

“The Lindsay Fellowship program helps advance the talents and gifts of New York City’s emerging public servants, and I congratulate this year’s recipients,” Speaker Johnson said. “I am honored that CUNY selected me as a fellow in 2017. The program enhanced my skills as a legislator and gave me the opportunity to learn from my colleagues in government, a gift that I draw upon every day. Because of the Lindsay Fellowship, I became a sharper elected official and the lessons learned ultimately helped me become Speaker of the New York City Council.”

“The fellowship was a great opportunity to hear different perspectives from business leaders, non-profit heads, and those in government before us. I found it rewarding for the simple fact that I could ask questions that I otherwise may not have mentioned in a public forum. Sometimes it’s good to just break down the barriers and have real conversations,” said Council Member Joe Borelli.

“CUNY’s Lindsay Fellowship offers an incredible opportunity and exchange of ideas between city and state legislators from across the political spectrum. As an inaugural fellow, I am grateful for these growing partnerships and look forward to working with the newest cohort of public servants,” said Assembly Woman Nily Rozic.


The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance is a nonpartisan research and policy institute. We work collaboratively with state and local decision makers to advance excellence in state and local government through innovative, sustainable, and effective strategies that improve systems to make them fairer, more effective, and more efficient. We also work to identify and nurture the next generation of leaders to improve the effectiveness of the organizations they run and help them build successful, lasting careers in public service. The Lindsay Fellowship is a key part in achieving these goals.


Mayor John Lindsay

Mayor John Lindsay

The CUNY ISLG Lindsay Fellowship in Government Leadership and Practice was created on the 50th anniversary of the election of John Lindsay as mayor of New York City. The program honors his many years of public service as a member of the U.S. House of Representative, during which he played a leading role in the enactment of such historic legislation as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, and as mayor of New York City, during which he placed great emphasis on recruiting young talent, especially minorities, and sought ways to encourage their growth, to increase their skills, and to advance their careers. The Lindsay Fellowship honors his public service by supporting young city and state legislators in broadening their understanding of constituencies, pressures, and concerns that impact government deliberations and decision making, as well as providing opportunities to build relationships with civic leaders and former government officials, as well as with leaders from academia, the media, business, and a wide range of not-for-profits.

The Lindsay Fellowship Program is administered by the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance. Opinions of Lindsay Fellows are their own and do not reflect the views of ISLG.

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