Kasirer Spotlight-August, Brian Daaleman

We are pleased to publish our August feature of Kasirer Spotlight, a Q&A with some of our remarkable team members to learn about their background, experience, and perspective on government and politics.

Brian Daaleman serves as Director of Government Relations, Corporate & Legislation, and primarily works to address and advance the legislative interests of a wide range of Kasirer’s corporate and nonprofit clients within the City Council.

Brian Daaleman Spotlight

Tell us about your background and what brought you to Kasirer.

I grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and was drawn to the idea of going to college in a more fast-paced environment like New York City. I attended Fordham and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. While at Fordham, I applied to intern at Habitat for Humanity New York City after doing a lot of work with the organization in high school, and I worked with their in-house government relations team throughout my junior year of college. From this experience, I developed a passion for advocacy and public policy on the local and State level, and it inspired me to pursue this career path further. The following year, I interned with Kasirer as a government relations intern and was then hired as a member of the Corporate & Legislation team afterwards.

What do you like about working at Kasirer?

I have really appreciated the collaborative and social environment that exists at Kasirer. Working in the political space has always felt like a team sport, and it’s incredibly hard to achieve anything alone. I appreciate how our team works together and constantly thinks to utilize everyone’s knowledge and relationships across New York’s political sphere to achieve results for our clients. I also find fulfillment in how tangible the outcomes of our work can be for clients – it is so rewarding to help advance and pass policies that have an impact on the lives of New Yorkers.

What is your outlook on the new City Council and how will the upcoming election impact their ability to govern?

It has been exciting to see such an unprecedented number of new faces in the City Council, yet it has also presented us with a lot of new challenges as well. I have found that a lot of these challenges are operational – with a City Council that has so many new members, combined with a shortened legislative term of only two years due to redistricting, there is so much to do in such little time. This year has been quite the adjustment period so far, but I have faith that the new City Council and Administration will adjust and adapt accordingly.

What types of legislative issues were you involved with? What were the outcomes?

When I first started working at Kasirer, one of my first clients was the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. They hired us to help them build support for a piece of legislation that restricted the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in New York City. It was so exciting to work with the client and their coalition partners to engage members of the City Council, organize lobby days and other external-facing events, and engage in advocacy work to help get this bill passed. This legislation also picked up a lot of press since the issue was garnering a lot of national attention due to the impact that flavored e-cigarette products were having on the health of youth. We were able to get this legislation passed through the City Council and it is one of my proudest accomplishments at Kasirer so far.

During the last legislative session, I also worked with our client, Trinity Church Wall Street, to help build support for the Fair Chance for Housing Act within the City Council. Over the course of 2021, we worked with Trinity Church and their faith partners to brief Council Members how important this legislation was to improving housing access for New Yorkers. Despite the legislation reaching a critical mass of support in the City Council, the oppositional forces made a last-minute push and were able to halt the bill as the legislative session expired in December of 2021. Although this outcome was disappointing, it was a good learning lesson that nothing is certain until it is final, and that it is critical to account for every outcome and prepare for the unexpected.

Favorite hobby, food, and TV show? Any pets?

When I’m not at work, I love to cook. It’s a hobby that I picked up during the height of the pandemic to keep myself busy when I was stuck at home. Now, I look forward to preparing large meals for friends and family on the weekends. I also love to fish, but unfortunately, it’s not something I do too often while living in Manhattan. I love Thai food – if you’re looking for excellent Thai food, I highly recommend visiting Sala Thai on the Upper West Side. My favorite show on television right now is Succession on HBO. I think it’s a perfect blend of drama and comedy, and the actors on the show are amazing. I would definitely give it a watch … it’s addictive.