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Page 46 of 51 November 2019 47 The City of Yonkers Age: 38 Bio: Velez-Goldberg was born, raised and educated in the Bronx. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in the forensic psychology pro- gram at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she earned a bachelor's degree. As director of the Office of Film and Photography for Ma- yor Mike Spano and the City of Yonkers, Velez-Goldberg manages film-production ne- eds, offering assistance to fil- mmakers and providing per- mits to film in the City. Since assuming this position in 2014, permits and filming in the City have increased to a record high. In addition to her duties with the Office of Film and Photography, she also serves as a senior assistant to Spano, as well as the liaison to the Hispanic community. One of her major achievements in working with the mayor was the expansion of the mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board, where she was responsible for organizing and assisting in the selection of the members of this forum that gives the City's Hispanic people a place to discuss issues. Prior to her appointment to Spano's administration, Velez-Goldberg was emplo - yed by NYC & Company, tou- rism, marketing and adver- tising agency. She began as an executive assistant to the president and CEO in 2005 and quickly rose through the ranks, achieving the position of assistant producer, where she oversaw production of all radio, TV and public service announcements for the City of New York. She has been honored by the YWCA of Yonkers during Women's History Month with their Empowerment Award. She has also been honored by Entre Nosotras Inc. for her accomplishments as a Puerto Rican/Hispanic woman and for her contributions to the advancement of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic community. Backstage for Yonkers Melissa Velez-Goldberg WORDS OF WISDOM: "W e need to recognize and promote our successes and achievements; it's a time to look back with admiration and look ahead with eagerness and determination."

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