Press Secretary, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
New York native Audrey Gelman is a ferocious advocate for Scott Stringer. To wit: On a vacation in Los Angeles, she’s still up at 5 a.m. managing a release from the borough president’s office. In a year on the job she has risen from deputy press secretary to press secretary proper, helping Stringer get space in the papers as he gins up his campaign to become mayor in 2013. Gelman also gets her own headlines—profiles in the New York Post note she’s the youngest press secretary in the city, with some unusual extracurricular activities: She will guest-star in an HBO series airing this winter and has modeled for DKNY.
Gelman got her start in politics as an intern in the war room of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign at age 20. She left Oberlin College to work on the campaign with some of the country’s most famous political operatives, including future Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson.
“I grew up watching the War Room documentary, and there I was in the flesh. It was the opportunity of a lifetime,” she said.
Gelman brought what she learned on the Clinton campaign to Stringer’s office. She had to be diplomatic and speedy. She learned to live without a lot of sleep.
“Your objective going to work every day is to do everything you can to elect the principal that you work for,” Gelman said.
How did your past jobs get you to where you are now?
“On the Clinton campaign I was thrown right into the belly of the beast. But it was the best experience I’ve ever had in my life.”
What will your business card say in five years?
“‘Deputy Press Secretary to the Mayor of New York City.’”
If you weren’t in politics, what would you be doing?
“I don’t know what else I’d be doing. I’ve always known I wanted to work in politics.”
What would be the title of your autobiography?
“The Little Gelman That Could.”
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