Board of Trustees: Richard Socarides

Richard Socarides

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Richard Socarides was originally appointed as a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees on June 21, 2012 and was reappointed on June 16, 2015. His current term on the Board expires June 30, 2022.

Mr. Socarides is Head of Public Affairs at GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group), the leading professional learning platform, overseeing media, communications, marketing and government relations.

Mr. Socarides served as White House Special Assistant and Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton where he focused on policy and political issues.  He has also worked on Capitol Hill as Special Assistant to Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and in senior corporate roles in media (Time Warner), entertainment (New Line Cinema) and technology (AOL). A lawyer by training, Mr. Socarides was formerly a partner in Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent and Lehrer and Of Counsel at Brady Klein Weissman LLP, both New York City law firms.

Mr. Socarides is a writer and regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine and is also a frequent social and political commentator on television. He is a long-time gay rights advocate. A native New Yorker, Mr. Socarides is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law and Antioch College.



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