Verizon announced on Monday (June 24) that Leecia Eve, the deputy secretary for economic development for New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has been named vice president of government affairs for Verizon’s tri-state region.
She will join Verizon on July 15 and succeeds Jim Gerace, who has been named Verizon’s chief communications officer.
As vice president for the region, Eve will represent Verizon on a variety of matters, including public policy, government and external affairs, and regulatory matters.
“Leecia has a wealth of knowledge in the public policy and governmental worlds,” said Randy Milch, Verizon executive vice president for public policy and general counsel. “Verizon will benefit from her broad experience and extensive public service. We have worked with Leecia on numerous occasions to help cultivate and spur economic activity in New York, and we share a sense of urgency in responding to the challenges of leveraging Verizon’s innovative technologies and the ecosystems they enable across the region to help propel the next generation of growth for our communities.”
As the deputy secretary for economic development for New York, Eve was Cuomo’s chief economic development adviser. She focused on leveraging the state’s resources to attract new investment in strategic industries and critical infrastructure through public-private partnerships, bringing new businesses to New York, and helping New York’s businesses strengthen and expand.
She previously served in the Cuomo administration as executive vice president and general counsel of Empire State Development, New York’s primary economic development agency.
Among her prior roles, Eve served as counsel and homeland security adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was a U.S. senator and as counsel to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. when he was a senator and the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She also served as vice president for policy of the No Limits Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that promoted economic issues at home and abroad and advocated for transforming American foreign policy around the world, including advancing the rights of women.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc