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Gael Black

Gael Black

Vice President

Gael Black is a Vice President in Mercury’s New York City office.

Seasoned communications professional and political strategist with gender, racial, and economic justice expertise.

Over a decade of experience leading communications and marketing efforts in the areas of digital, storytelling, speech writing, media relations, thought leadership, and public education and outreach.

Former Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs at the New York City Commission on Gender Equity (CGE), office of the Mayor.

Built the first formal communications department and grew thought leadership efforts at The New York Women’s Foundation, the largest public women’s fund in the U.S.

Past Director of Communications to the New York City Council Majority Leader.

Fundraised and advised on communications for candidates running for local office in New York City.

B.A. from the University at Albany and Executive Master of Public Administration from New York University.

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Gael Black is a seasoned communications professional and political strategist with gender, racial, and economic justice expertise. She has over a decade of experience leading communications and marketing efforts in the areas of digital, storytelling, speech writing, media relations, thought leadership, and public education and outreach.

She is currently a Vice President at Mercury Public Affairs in the New York City office. Previously, she served as the Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs at the New York City Commission on Gender Equity (CGE), where she led the communications strategy to amplify CGE’s efforts to break down barriers to equity for girls, women, transgender and gender non-binary individuals. Prior to this, she served as the Director of Communications for the New York City Council Majority Leader. Gael also held multiple roles at The New York Women’s Foundation where she built the first formal communications department, led special projects for the 25th and 30th anniversaries, and led The Foundation’s public education and thought leadership work. She has been active in local politics across New York City, fundraising and advising on communications for candidates running for office.

She was a 2013 fellow in NYU Wagner’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service (FELPS) and subsequently served as an alumni guide for four years, providing mentorship and co-facilitating in-depth conversations and peer learning. She was also a 2018 fellow of the New Leaders Council (NLC), which trains and supports progressive leaders and entrepreneurs across sectors. She also served as an NLC Board Member from 2018-2020.

Gael is a lifelong New Yorker and graduated from the University at Albany where she studied Political Science and History with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and currently serves on the UAlbany Alumni Association Board of Directors. She earned her Executive Master of Public Administration at New York University.