Brad Lander is the Council’s Deputy Leader for Policy, and chairs the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections, and was founding co-chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus.
In the Council Brad has fought successfully to reform discriminatory practices in the NYPD, win living wage jobs and paid sick days for low-wage employees, protect workers in the “gig economy” and bring climate-change responsive policies to NYC.
Brad brings the values he learned as a community organizer to the City Council. He believes the best way to govern is to empower residents to make key decisions about the future of their community. Brad was one of the first councilmembers to bring participatory budgeting to NYC The “Bridging Gowanus” community planning process he initiated brings that spirit of participation into planning for a Brooklyn community in need of a comprehensive plan to shape infrastructure and land-use decisions. He has also been a leader on issues of livable streets and transit.
Prior to serving in the City Council, Brad directed the Pratt Center for Community Development and the Fifth Avenue Committee. Brad is a founding board member and current board chair of Local Progress, a national network of progressive municipal elected officials. Brad lives in Park Slope with his wife, Meg Barnette, the Chief of Staff at Planned Parenthood NYC, and their children, Marek and Rosa.