Attorney General-Elect James Announces Staff Appointments

NEW YORK – Recently, Attorney General-Elect Letitia James announced the first major appointments to the Attorney General’s Office. The key staff appointments include Chief of Staff, Chief Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice, and Chief Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice, three leaders in government and law who will help lead the initiatives in the Attorney General’s Office beginning in January 2019.

Additionally, the Transition Team launched its official website, which will host all the updates about Attorney General-Elect James’ team and priorities, as well as serve as a portal for interested candidates. The website is:

Attorney General-Elect Letitia James announced the following appointments:
Ibrahim Khan, First Deputy Public Advocate, will serve as Chief of Staff.

Jennifer Levy, Supervising Attorney for the Civil Law Reform Unit, Legal Aid Society, will serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice.

José Maldonado, veteran government and legal professional, will serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice.

“In order to have an Attorney General’s Office doing everything possible to stand up for the rights of New Yorkers, we must have the best and brightest leading the office. With decades of experience in government and the law, these three individuals will bring unparalleled expertise to the office and to the frontlines to protect all New Yorkers. I am confident they will lead our state forward,” said Attorney General-Elect Letitia James.

“There’s no greater calling than public service and, during these times, no better place to serve than the New York Attorney General’s Office – a bulwark against those who wish to roll back our rights. I am eager to get to work helping Attorney General-Elect Letitia James to protect and defend the rights of all New Yorkers,” said Ibrahim Khan, Chief of Staff, Attorney General-Elect Letitia James.

“I am honored to be a part of making Letitia James’ vision for the Office of Attorney General a reality. I have spent my career fighting to advance social justice and will continue to fight tirelessly on behalf of the people of New York under Attorney General James’ leadership. She has been a fierce advocate throughout her life and I know that as our next Attorney General she will continue to pursue justice for all New Yorkers,” said Jennifer Levy, Chief Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice, Attorney General-Elect Letitia James.

“The New York State Attorney General’s Office has long been the strongest office we have to protect New Yorkers and I know this legacy will only grow stronger under Attorney General Letitia James. I am proud to join this administration and help use its power to take on the forces that seek to challenge our rights and rollback our progress. New Yorkers are lucky to have a proven fighter in Attorney General-Elect Letitia James at the helm,” said José Maldonado, Chief Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice, Attorney General-Elect Letitia James.

Full Biographies of Appointees:
Ibrahim Khan is a veteran professional in New York’s policy and political circles. His tenure in public service and management spans the past fourteen years in various state, municipal, and federal campaigns and government offices. Prior to acting as campaign manager for Attorney General-Elect Letitia James, Mr. Khan served as Chief of Staff and later First Deputy Public Advocate, where he helped Ms. James to distinguish the Public Advocate’s office in unprecedented ways to fight for the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Under Mr. Khan’s leadership, the office passed more laws than all previous Public Advocates combined; filed litigation to protect elderly New Yorkers and vulnerable children; successfully pushed the largest New York City pension fund to divest from fossil fuels and gun retailers; directly helped thousands of constituents; conducted investigations into City contracts; and issued policy recommendations in a variety of areas. Before joining the Public Advocate’s office, Mr. Khan was a top advisor on Ms. James’ Public Advocate campaign. Prior to joining Ms. James’ team, Mr. Khan served as a communications consultant; as Deputy Chief of Staff for then State Senator Adriano Espaillat where his work included helping secure the expansion of rent regulations affecting millions of New Yorkers; as Long Island regional representative at the New York State Senate; as a regional field organizer for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign; and as Legislative Director in the New York State Assembly. Inspired by his immigrant roots, Mr. Khan is active in various causes helping new Americans thrive. Mr. Khan has earned numerous accolades, including being named a 40-under-40 rising star in City & State Magazine and a political power to watch in the New York Observer.

Jennifer Levy is the Supervising Attorney for the Civil Law Reform Unit (CLRU) at the Legal Aid Society. The CLRU engages in legislative advocacy and oversees the class action and affirmative litigation for Legal Aid’s civil practice primarily in housing, health, government benefits, immigration, and homeless rights. Most recently, Jennifer acted as counsel in a class action on behalf of 3,000 youth challenging the Trump administration’s denial of humanitarian immigration relief for 18-21 year-olds, and another representing separated children placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement in New York State. Prior to joining the Legal Aid Society, Jennifer served as the General Counsel in Charge of Litigation for the Public Advocate for the City of New York, Letitia James. The Office of the Public Advocate is charged, under the New York City Charter, with monitoring the performance of City agencies.

Public Advocate James brought litigation to advance the rights of children in foster care, children with disabilities in the New York City school system, and elderly widowers threatened with the loss of their housing subsidies. Jennifer was the Director of Bronx Legal Services from 2011 to 2014, and the Director of several Brooklyn Legal Services NYC programs from 2008 – 2011. As a Legal Services attorney, she specialized in tenant-side housing litigation, filing and overseeing cases that brought reforms to the New York City Housing Authority’s administration of the Section 8 Housing Voucher Program, that invalidated unconstitutional eviction regulations relied upon by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and that protected low-income rent stabilized tenants facing the loss of their homes through eminent domain. Jennifer has served on the Boards of Housing Court Answers and the Bushwick Housing Independence Project. She also taught land use law as an adjunct professor at Columbia’s School of Architecture and Planning.

José Maldonado has extensive executive managerial, compliance, and legal experience within the government and private sectors. Prior to forming Maldonado Associates, LLC he served as a Special Advisor to the NYC Civil Service Commission where he provided strategic and legal advice on personnel determinations initiated by city agency commissioners. Previously, Maldonado served as Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to the NYC Fire Department Commissioner where he advised on a wide range of confidential and politically sensitive matters. During his tenure with the Department, he served as its first compliance officer where he led efforts to revamp the FDNY’s recruitment, hiring, and EEO practices pursuant to a federal court remedial order, which found that the department engaged in a pattern of discriminatory employment practices. In response to a claim that the department’s fitness requirements adversely impacted female candidates, Maldonado led an evaluation of those standards to ensure that they were administered fairly and consistent with all applicable EEO laws. Maldonado has held leadership positions under four New York City mayors and a New York State Attorney General. His service with the city includes appointment as the first Chair of the Business Integrity Commission, Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice, Chair of the Procurement Policy Board, Commissioner of the Civil Service Commission and Assistant Commissioner for Criminal Justice Matters with the New York City Police Department. Maldonado also served as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office and was subsequently promoted to the position of Chief Assistant to the City-wide Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. At the state level, Maldonado served as the Deputy Attorney General for the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit where he directed the nation’s largest unit dedicated to investigating and prosecuting health care crime and nursing home patient abuse. In the private sector, he held senior positions in law and the healthcare industry. Maldonado was a partner with a law firm specializing in employment law, regulatory compliance and nonprofit governance. Maldonado held executive level positions with a managed care organization where he was responsible for regulatory compliance, business operations and intergovernmental affairs. Maldonado has served on nonprofit boards and is a Life Trustee for NYU’s School of Law. He received his BA from Columbia College and a JD from NYU School of Law.

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