Chris Coffey leads the New York practice for Tusk Ventures and for Tusk Strategies, where he works with clients like The Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA), Bird, NYCLASS, and Charter Communications. He has run successful political and legislative efforts in cities and states across the country. In New York City, he specializes in creating major media campaigns that impact public policy. Successful examples include the Times Square Alliance, Uber, the PBA, and NYCLASS. He has also led a successful effort this year to legalize electric scooters around the country. In 2017, Chris served as a senior strategist to Corey Johnson’s winning campaign for Speaker of the New York City Council. He also served on District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s transition committee.
Prior to joining Tusk, Chris worked for Mike Bloomberg for 12 years at City Hall, on Mike’s three electoral campaigns, and at Bloomberg L.P. During Chris’ time in City government, he helped set up the first-ever NYC Digital Office at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. He co-authored the Roadmap for the Digital City, which Mayor Bloomberg unveiled as the first digital blueprint for City government in the nation. Before that, Chris worked on the 2009 Bloomberg campaign as a senior communications strategist, as First Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit where he helped manage the Mayor’s community relationships, and as an assistant press secretary and director of the Mayor Bloomberg’s advance team.
Chris also serves as the interim Chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and is on the board of WIN Women in Need, the Trevor Project, and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). In 2018, Chris was named number 25 on the City and State “Power Pride” list of LGBTQ influencers in New York. In 2019, City and State listed him as one of the 100 most influential New Yorkers in politics. He frequently appears on NY1 as an expert on New York politics and guest lectures at NYU on government and public policy. Chris was born and raised in New York City and now lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn with his husband and their two children.