Karen Keogh ‘88 Appointed New York State Secretary to the Governor

New York’s new Governor Kathy Hochul has appointed Karen Persichilli Keogh ’88 to her cabinet as Secretary to the Governor. Keogh is a Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare alumna and former member of the Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees.

“We are incredibly proud of Karen and this well-deserved recognition of her talents and experience,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “Stony Brook has long been a grateful recipient of her wise counsel, leadership and philanthropy and we wish her the very best in her new role serving the citizens of New York.”

In an August 23 press announcement, Governor Hochul said Keogh will “bring the depth of knowledge, leadership and experience that it will take to meet the challenges New Yorkers face.”

Keogh’s remarkable career spans the government, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Most notably, she served as New York State director and campaign manager for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s successful 2006 Senate re-election. She also managed Kirstin Gillibrand’s transition from the House of Representatives to the U.S. Senate, served as senior political advisor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 campaign, and was head of Global Philanthropy at JP Morgan Chase & Co, managing $2 billion in global philanthropic investments.

Keogh joins a unique list of prominent alumni representing Stony Brook University in the State Capitol, including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie ’90, Assemblyman Steve Englebright ’75, Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre ’07, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner ’08, Assemblywoman Sarah Clark ’99 and Senator James Gaughran ’79.

— Betsy Craz

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