Neal Kwatra ranked No. 31 in 2018 New York City Power 100

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Metropolitan Public Strategies founder and CEO, Neal Kwatra, has been ranked No. 31 in the 2018 New York City Power 100—two spots up from last year’s rank. The list is designed to rank the most politically powerful people in New York City.

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Metropolitan Public Strategies founder and CEO, Neal Kwatra, has been ranked No. 31 in the 2018 New York City Power 100. Kwatra’s ranking is two spots up from his position on the 2017 list.

Taking into account the overall influence individuals have on governmental policies, the New York City Power 100 features the most politically powerful people in the state. Kwatra’s ranking puts him 30 spots ahead of former New York City Mayor and businessman Michael Bloomberg (No. 61) and 30 spots behind United State President Donald Trump (No. 1).

According to, the Power 100 is compiled based upon the following criteria:

  • A political figure’s track record. What bills has a lawmaker passed? What policies have aides or advocates shaped? What programs have deputies run, and how effectively?
  • The importance of any group that someone serves. Elected officials, commissioners, business executives, lobbyists, labor leaders and journalists all represent constituents, clients or customers – and with that responsibility comes some degree of power.
  • An individual’s proximity to power—i.e. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s evolving inner circle, top appointees to both the mayor and the governor as well as key outside advisers who have the ear of a small handful of influential elected officials.

The list makers also reached out to trusted sources, reviewed news developments and debated where each person ranks on this list.

Many New Yorkers might not even know who Kwatra is, but, in fact, he has built close bonds with some of New York’s most powerful people over the years. He has a strong relationship with the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council— the nation’s largest local union of hotel employees—after serving as the union’s Director of Political and Strategic Affairs from 2008-2011. He also aided the council in backing Corey Johnson’s successful bid for speaker.

On top of his connections to unions and councils across New York City, Kwatra also has strong ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and state Attorney General Eric Schneirderman, who he served as chief of staff of from 2011-2013.

Kwatra’s political and business allies make Metropolitan Public Strategies, his communications and strategic consulting firm, a big-time power player in New York City.

About: Neal Kwatra’s hard work and dedication over the course of his career helped him become the founder and CEO of Metropolitan Public Strategies, a company that is committed to addressing its clients’ immediate and long-term goals by crafting thoughtful and creative solutions to their most complex strategic problems. Kwatra was named to Crain’s New York Business “40 Under Forty” in 2012 and has been ranked on the New York City Power 100 lists in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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