Meet Cathy

As a mother, university professor, small business owner and athlete, Cathy Guerriero knows New York, loves New York and is ready to fight to keep our city great. As Public Advocate she will fight to keep New York a safe and affordable city where all New Yorkers from each of our five boroughs are treated with dignity and respect, where all people have an equal voice in our great city’s future and where all children have access to quality education and resources.

Cathy is a fifth-generation Staten Islander, who also grew up in Brooklyn; her husband, Anthony Vincent Bova, was reared in Brooklyn and they now live with Annarose, their 2-year-old daughter, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Dr. Guerriero has been teaching education and politics at Teachers College, Columbia University for close to a decade, as well as the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. She runs a successful strategic planning consultancy for small business owners and non-profit organizations. She served as Director of Strategic Planning for the Archdiocese of New York and Director of Government Relations for Catholic Charities. And she served as Associate Director for the Archdiocese of New York for the Pope Benedict XVI Papal Visit in 2008, managing the travel and safety of hundreds of thousands of people in and out of New York City as well as successfully networking between the needs of the New York City government, the Vatican, the Archdiocese and the Secret Service. She worked for two years in Market Development at Merck Pharmaceuticals and she put herself through graduate school as a Sports Reporter for the Staten Island Advance.

Cathy has participated actively the New Era Democrats political club in Brooklyn and the Congress of Italian American Organizations (CIAO) for twenty years. Her political mentor, Democratic political activist Mary Sansone, 96, instilled in her a sense of the political power of community and the almighty power of people’s voices. Cathy also worked on numerous political campaigns.

The oldest of six children raised in a family of teachers and firefighters, Cathy grew up understanding the importance of taking care of others, building a team and working together to overcome hurdles and achieve success. As a Daily News, Staten Island Advance and New York Post All-Star high school athlete in basketball and softball, Cathy graduated 7th in her class with International Baccalaureate honors from Curtis High School in Staten Island.

As a two-sport, full-scholarship Division I athlete at Wagner College in Staten Island, she was selected Student Athlete of the Year, served as Editor of the Wagnerian college newspaper and graduated cum laude. She received a Masters in Public Administration at the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and a doctorate in educational administration from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University.

This background, founded in faith, family, education, leadership and business development provides a strong and unique base for Cathy to serve as New York City Public Advocate, a watchdog who will make sure that the voices of all New Yorkers are heard and all New Yorkers get the city services they deserve.

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