Linda Tigani Welcomes New NYC CORE Commissioners Appointed By Mayor Adams

June 25, 2024

The Chair & Executive Director Linda Tigani of the NYC Commission on Racial Equity (CORE) welcomed today the Mayoral appointment of two new commissioners.

The commissioners are Almirca Santiago, and Wendy M. Star brings decades of experience addressing disparities and promoting inclusivity across New York City. Along with existing CORE Commissioners, their appointments will further the Commission’s efforts to advance racial equity in government operations and increase community voice in government decision-making.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Santiago and Ms. Star to NYC’s Commission on Racial Equity,” shared Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Ana J. Almanzar. “The breadth and scope of their voices offer decades of DEI experience and a successful track record of supporting and advocating for New Yorkers. We look forward to seeing the impact that they will have as Commissioners.”

“… the practice of democracy, and service delivery …”

“Government must always center communities most harmed racism, and longstanding disinvestment in both the practice of democracy, and service delivery, said Commission on Racial Equity Chair and Executive Director Linda Tigani. “As we move forward, I am glad to work alongside our CORE Commissioners as we continue our efforts in standing up the commission. I am proud of the progress CORE has made and am confident that we will continue to passionately and swiftly meet the moment and advance racial equity in government operations and increase community voice in government decision making.”

“My commitment to building equity in and alongside our community, has always been at the forefront of my work,” said Almirca Santiago. “I am honored to have the opportunity to bring that passion and dedication to the commission. I look forward to collaborating with Chair and Executive Director Tigani and my fellow commissioners to advance our shared mission of promoting equity and justice.”

“I am honored and privileged to be appointed by Mayor Eric Adams to this groundbreaking and visionary commission. Service on this commission is an extension of my longstanding commitment to public service and advocacy and I am dedicated to doing whatever I can for its ultimate success,” said Wendy M. Star. “I look forward to working with Chair and Executive Director Tigani and my fellow Commissioners as we strive to advance racial equity in our great city.”

Read more about all CORE commissioners at In the coming weeks, we are expecting one more appointment to fill the last remaining role.

“… increasing accountability, increasing community voices in government …”

CORE Commissioners are entrusted to amplify the complex and deeply rooted challenges faced by marginalized New Yorkers, increasing accountability, increasing community voices in government decision making, and advance racial equity in government operations. As a Commission, CORE’s first action is to establish Community Equity Priorities (CEPs) in collaboration with New Yorkers. From municipal hiring, to advancing pay equity, language accessibility, access, and opportunity to purchase land, emergency management, and more, these priorities will inform forthcoming racial equity plans, foster racial equity in government operations, and increase community voices in government decision making. 

To get involved, New Yorkers may now complete a Response Form online, as a downloadable pdf, or submit written testimony to until August 16, 2024.

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