Julie Menin is the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, an agency encompassing the key economic and creative sectors of film, TV, theater, music, advertising, publishing, digital content and real estate as it relates to these industries. In total, these portfolios account for over 305,000 jobs in New York City and $104 billion in economic output. Commissioner Menin also oversees NYC Media, the largest municipal broadcasting entity in the country including five TV Stations and a radio station with a reach of 18 million viewers in the metropolitan area.
Under her leadership, the Office of Media and Entertainment has launched several groundbreaking initiatives. A five-part women’s initiative, including a $5 million fund for women filmmakers and playwrights, is the first municipal program in the country designed to promote equality behind and in front of the camera in film and television, as well as onstage. The One Book, One New York program is the largest community read in the country. NYC Film Green is the first sustainable production designation program in the U.S. administered by a governmental entity.
Prior to her current appointment, Menin was Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs where she successfully increased restitution for consumers, reduced fines on small businesses, and administered NYC's Paid Sick Leave Law. She also conceived of NYC Kids Rise, a pilot program and non-profit she now chairs, that provides public school kindergartners with seed money for college savings accounts.
For two decades, Commissioner Menin has been a leading figure in the City’s economic development sector, first, as the founder of Wall Street Rising in the wake of 9/11 and then, as the long-serving chair of Community Board 1. Menin practiced regulatory law at the law firm Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C., was Senior Regulatory Counsel at Colgate-Palmolive in NY and also owned a 100-person business which she founded in Lower Manhattan. She previously hosted and co-produced a news show on NBC local cable and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Citizen’s Union Public Service Award, City and State’s Power 100 List, City and State’s 40 Under 40 and the League of Conservation Voters Community Service Award among others. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Columbia University and earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.