Julie Menin was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) in 2016 by Mayor Bill de Blasio after previously serving as commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) for two years.
As DCA Commissioner, Menin launched groundbreaking initiatives to protect consumers and expanded the agency’s role in financial empowerment and investigative legal enforcement. DCA increased its support of employees and small businesses and implemented key initiatives including the city’s new Paid Sick Leave Law, a small business relief package that reduced fines by one-third and increased restitution for New Yorkers harmed by predatory practices.
Menin has extensive experience in the public-private partnerships, including her post-9/11 role as founder and president in 2002 of the nonprofit Wall Street Rising and her tenure as Chairperson of Community Board 1 in 2005. Menin was a leading catalyst in the recovery of lower Manhattan through unique initiatives such as helping small businesses access monetary aid and launching a music and art series. Menin has also served on the boards of the Municipal Art Society, Governor's Island, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, and is currently on the board of Public Service at Harvard College, NYC & Company and the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition.
An accomplished lawyer and community leader, Commissioner Menin began her career in 1992 as a regulatory attorney at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C., and worked as Senior Regulatory Attorney at Colgate-Palmolive in New York City beginning in 1995. In 1999, she opened and operated Vine, a restaurant, market and catering operation in lower Manhattan.
Menin has received several awards recognizing her leadership such as the National Association of Women Business Owners Community Service Award, the New York League of Conservation Voters public service award and the New York State Senate’s Women of Distinction award.
Menin earned her B.A. Magna Cum Laude at Columbia University and her J.D. at Northwestern University School of Law. She resides in Manhattan with her husband and three children.