Thank you This live web event has ended. Thank you for attending. Contributors Samara Karasyk A mission-driven, strategic, collaborative, and thoughtful leader, Samara Karasyk has more than two decades of experience in private/public partnerships, diverse team management, communications, public affairs, intergovernmental relations, policymaking, and project management. In her current role as the 5-Borough Chamber of Commerce Lead for the NYC Small Business Resource Network, Samara oversees a $2.8 million private/public partnership funded by the Peter G Peterson Foundation in collaboration with all 5 borough chambers of commerce, the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Partnership for New York City. As Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Samara oversees numerous staff and projects and is responsible for policy, intergovernmental and legislative affairs, marketing, and public relations. Before her work at the Chamber, Samara worked for the government of New York City for many years. She began her public service career at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, later moving to the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission to focus on transportation policy and constituent affairs. She then handled intergovernmental affairs at the NYC Department of Transportation. Between 2011 and 2017, Samara was Assistant Commissioner of External Affairs at the NYC Department of Finance, managing all public affairs for the organization. Samara has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Hispanic Studies from Brown University and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.