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Patricia E. Harris

Chief Executive Officer, Bloomberg Philanthropies

As CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the foundation that covers all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable giving, Patricia Harris works across five key program areas—arts, education, environment, government innovation, and public health—to help ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people across the nation and the world.

Previously, Harris served as the First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York during the Bloomberg administration. She is the first woman in New York City’s history to have served in this role, which is the City’s highest appointed position. Before joining the administration in 2002, Harris managed Bloomberg L.P.’s Corporate Communications Department, overseeing its Philanthropy, Public Relations, and governmental Affairs divisions. Prior to that, she was Vice President for Public Relations at Serino Coyne Advertising. She began her career in public service in 1977 as an Assistant to then-Congressman Ed Koch and, upon Koch’s election as Mayor, served in a number of roles within his Administration, including Executive Director of the City’s Art Commission.

Lester W. Young, Jr, Ed. D

Regent At Large, The University of the State of New York

Lester W. Young, Jr. is serving his third term as Regent At Large, The University of the State of New York. Currently, he co-chairs the Regent’s P–12 Education Committee, and chairs the Regents Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color and the Early Childhood Workgroup. Continuing his commitment to service, in 2014, Dr. Young was appointed to the New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.

A career educator, Dr. Young has served as a teacher, guidance counselor, supervisor of special education, principal, Associate Commissioner with the New York State Education Department, and Superintendent of Community School District 13. He also led the first N.Y.C. Office of Youth Development and School Community Services. A recognized educational leader and innovator, he was responsible for establishing some of the more successful high schools and middle schools in New York City and reproducing the nationally recognized Algebra Project and Comer School Development Program.

Dr. Young is a founding member and current Chair of the Adelaide L. Sanford Institute; and co-chairs the Community Advisory Council for Boys and Girls High School. He is a Life Member of the National Alliance of School Black Educators and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He has also served on the advisory boards for Eagle Academy High School and the New York Office of the Children’s Defense Fund, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Dr. Young volunteers as a mentor to principals and aspiring leaders throughout New York City. He has been recognized by many local, national education, and civic education organizations for his professional contributions.

Bank of America

Bank of America has been a major supporter of Queens Library for many years. They also work with their clients and communities to promote economic and social progress around the world. Bank of America focuses on environmental sustainability, financial health, workforce development and education, community development, and supporting the economic, social, and cultural life of the places where they live and work. Each year, Bank of America employees and retirees also volunteer in their neighborhoods for thousands of hours and help more than 3,000 charities.