The League of Women Voters of the City of New York is a non-partisan organization whose purpose is to promote informed and active participation in government. Our mission is to expand our outreach and increase all New Yorkers’ participation in local communities and government through civics education, the “vote”, and issue advocacy.

what we do

  • Achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels.
  • Build citizen participation in the democratic process
  • Engage communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy
  • Study key community issues at all governmental levels in an unbiased manner
  • Enable people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management

what we believe in

  • Respect for all individuals
  • The value of true diversity
  • The empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities

what we provide

  • Telephone Information Services: answering questions about voting in NYC, as well as city, state and national government. Phones are open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and extended hours when polls are open.
  • Timely information for New York City voters.
  • Educational publications, including: What Makes New York City Run?, a citizen’s guide to New York City government, and They Represent You, an annually updated directory of city, state and federal legislators who represent New York residents.
  • Candidate debates that inform and stimulate: The League and WABC-TV, for example, were selected by the Campaign Finance Board to conduct the official televised candidate debates for the Mayoral, Comptroller and Public Advocate races during the municipal elections in 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2021.
  • Speakers on the political process and public issues and moderators for candidate forums.
  • Helpful tools to contact your elected officials, such as the website Who Represents Me, maintained in partnership with the CUNY Graduate Center.

meet the people that make it happen

The League of Women Voters of the City of New York is pursuing new, transformative leaders for the LWVNYC Board of Directors. If you are interested in learning more, email [email protected] to get in touch with the Nominating Committee.


Co-President  Deborah Brodheim
Co-President  Kai Rosenthal
Vice President of Communications Stacey Lesser
Vice President of Development Laurie Pauker
Vice President of Membership Danielle Mowery
Vice President of Technology Caroline Smith
Secretary Amy Matthews
Treasurer  Laura Quigg

Board of Directors

Board Chair Karol Robinson
Board Director Diane Burrows
Board Director Barbara Ettington
Board Director Cathy Gray
Board Director  Patricia Manning
Board Director Sherletta McCaskill
Board Director Tara Pehush
Board Director Karen Wharton
Board Director Alexandra Yellin

Advisory Board

Strategic Advisor
Quantum Media
Judi Allen
Retired Executive
Gannett Newspapers
Barbara Biben
Regional Director Government Affairs
and Public Policy
Tavonia Davis
President & General Manager
Marilu Galvez
VP Communications
Queens College, CUNY
Jay Hershenson
Audit Partner
Ernst & Young
Molly John
Executive Director
Michael Max Knobbe
Professor Political Science Host of
CUNY’s City Talk
Baruch College
Douglas Muzzio
President & GM
WABC Networks and Disney Media
Debra O’Connell
Retired Principal
Malva Rabinowitz
President & CEO
Partnership for New York City
Kathryn Wylde
The Haley Group
Linda Zango-Haley