May 04, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces Two Key Additions to her New York Staff

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today the appointment of two key members to her New York staff. Senator Gillibrand has named Karina Cabrera as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Gustavo Rivera as Director of Outreach. They will be based in the Senator's New York City office.

"I am thrilled these two very talented people have joined my staff and will be working out of my New York City office," said Senator Gillibrand. "Karina has shown great leadership with her extensive work in the non-profit arena, which coupled with her experience in city government provides a perspective that will make her a tremendous asset to my office and to the people of New York State. Gustavo's rich experience in New York politics gives him a deep understanding of the issues important to New Yorkers, and his recent time on the Obama campaign offers a terrific set of tools that he brings to the position."

Karina Cabrera - Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
A native New Yorker, Karina grew up in the Inwood/Washington Heights area. Prior to joining Senator Gillibrand's office, Karina Cabrera served as Special Assistant to New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr.. Having worked on two Presidential campaigns, most recently having served as New York State Deputy Field Director for the Obama for America Campaign, Karina has extensive campaign experience including several local New York races. Karina is the Chairwomen of Latina PAC, the first Latina-focused political action committee in New York. She is also Founder and President of Latina Leadership Forum, a nonprofit organization that trains and cultivates Latina leadership. Karina has previously served on a number of public and non-profit boards, including the Women's Leadership Forum Network, Beginning with Children Foundation, Dominican Women's Caucus and the Association of Hispanics in Arts, Inc. She is completing her M.S. in Urban Policy and Management from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, and has a B.A. in Psychology/Business/Public Relations from Mount Saint Mary College.

Gustavo Rivera - Director of Outreach
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Gustavo Rivera has lived in New York City for the past eleven years. A talented political organizer, he comes to Senator Gillibrand's staff with a considerable amount of experience in New York politics. Gustavo was part of the team that helped the Democrats in the New York State Senate win the majority for the first time in decades, and has managed field and political operations for campaigns at the local, city and state levels. In 2008, he worked with SEIU in Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Puerto Rico in helping Senator Barack Obama secure the Democratic Party's nomination in the Presidential election. He subsequently served the Obama for America campaign in the general election as Constituency Director in Florida, where he helped deliver a victory that gave Barack Obama 27 Electoral College votes on his historic road to the Presidency. Gustavo has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus and is a Master's candidate in the Political Science Department at the CUNY Graduate Center.