New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo
Council Member, 35th District, Brooklyn
Laurie A. Cumbo was appointed as the Majority Leader for the New York City Council in January 11, 2018. She is the first African-American woman to serve in this capacity and proudly represents the 35th Council District, which includes the communities of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and attended PS 279, JHS 211, The Berkeley Carroll Day School and Brooklyn Technical High School. She graduated from Spelman College with a BA in Art History and New York University with an MA in Visual Arts Administration. She is proud to have worked and contributed to the growth and development of Prospect Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum and The Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Moreover, she enjoyed serving as a Graduate Professor at Pratt Institute for a decade in the Arts and Cultural Management Program.
Combining her academic training with her cultural experiences, Ms. Cumbo took her graduate thesis at New York University and set it into motion by founding Brooklyn’s first Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in 1999 within a four-story Brownstone owned by Bridge Street AME Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant.