Kara Hughes

senior vice president
corporate & legislation

Kara Hughes: senior vice president, corporate & legislationAs Senior Vice President, Corporate & Legislation, Kara supports the management of and strategic planning for Kasirer’s corporate clients, as well as legislative strategy firmwide. In this capacity she manages strategy for a broad portfolio of clients, ranging from some of the biggest corporate clients in New York City and nationally to a coalition of small restaurants disproportionally impacted by COVID. Kara has been responsible for significant successes in obtaining critical government funding and creating unique partnerships between the public and private sector, securing recent legislative victories such as the surcharge bill and the launch of New York City’s new outdoor dining initiative which has been codified through legislation.

Kara comes came to Kasirer after serving as Acting Director of City Legislative Affairs for Mayor Bill de Blasio. In this capacity, she served as the primary liaison between City Hall and the City Council, helping to shape public policy and advancing the Mayor’s legislative agenda.

Kara began her career on Capitol Hill, serving as an aide in the US Senate and the US House of Representatives. She has served as a senior policy advisor in government and on numerous political campaigns, including as Deputy Policy Director for Hillary Clinton’s historic 2000 Senate race. Kara served as Director of Economic Development for Senator Hillary Clinton, and following the September 11 attacks was the Senator’s point person on 9/11 issues, acting as the Senator’s representative to Lower Manhattan, New York State and City officials, and to the business community on issues involving the redevelopment of Ground Zero. In this capacity, she worked to build consensus with business and community leaders and elected officials on the allocation of $20 billion in recovery and redevelopment funds.

Kara later became Executive Director and Secretary of the Board of New Jobs for New York, a nonprofit organization created by Senator Clinton to promote economic development in New York State, and then Executive Director of the Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy. Before joining the de Blasio administration Kara was Senior Advisor for City, State & Labor Affairs at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Kara was named to City and State’s 2019 Responsible 100 and has been recognized as one of Queens’ Power 50 and as one the top 50 lobbyists in New York City by City & State. Kara graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.A. in Social Thought & Political Economy.