Jennifer Sammartino has been with the Office of the Borough President since January 2014. A graduate of the College of Staten Island, Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and spent most of her career in communications – first as a reporter, then as a features editor with the Staten Island Advance; as Communications Director for Richmond University Medical Center; then as Public Affairs Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She joined the BP’s staff as Director of Communications and External Affairs, a post she held until the BP appointed her the first-ever Director of Tourism and Cultural Affairs in 2017. Jennifer has since taken on the role of Deputy Chief of Staff, overseeing a division of the office and working on high-level projects. She lives in New Brighton with her husband, Michael Mallen, and daughter, Laila.