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Conversations with leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors about working together to make NYC greater.

Rolling Out NYC Voting Reform

Jarret Berg, cofounder of VoteEarlyNY, says there’s a lot that’s about to change about voting in New York, and a public education campaign is needed. Following up on our previous conversation about ranked-choice voting, we talk about other ways in which the vote can be suppressed in New York City, and the reforms to combat those issues.


Jarret Berg is a New York attorney and voting rights advocate with a passion for protecting and advancing civil and political rights. Berg Co-Founded the non-partisan VoteEarlyNY to ensure that the voter access reform policies he helped design and fought to enact would be implemented responsibly. As the former Executive Director of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC), Berg served as statewide Voter Protection Director from 2016-2018 and has participated in election monitoring programs in several states. 




Cheryl Cohen Effron

Cheryl Cohen Effron spent most of her career as a New York-based real estate developer. Ms. Effron left full-time real estate work to dedicate her time to tri-sector (government, non-profit and corporate) solutions for urban issues. Ms. Effron is currently board chair of Greater NY, a non-profit she co-founded during the financial crisis in 2009 which pairs civic leaders in the business world with the heads of non-profit organizations in two-year one-on-one strategic partnerships.


Jamie Rubin

Jamie Rubin is a veteran of federal and state government and a longtime investment professional. He served in the Clinton Administration, then spent 15 years on Wall Street as an investment banker and partner with two global private equity firms. Jamie rejoined the public sector in 2012. Jamie is now CEO of Meridiam NA, a developer of large infrastructure projects in the US and Canada. Jamie is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He and his wife, author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin, live in New York City with their daughters and a dog.