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Meet the newest members of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration

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On Tuesday afternoon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced four key appointments to his administration, which includes two immigrants and three minorities:

Want to learn more about the individuals behind the positions? Check out this guide that will teach you everything you need to know about them.

Feniosky Peña-Mora, Department of Design and Construction Commissioner
Feniosky Peña-Mora, Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (photo), Office of the Mayor

Feniosky Peña-Mora, Department of Design and Construction Commissioner

Hometown: Dominican Republic/Washington Heights

Most recent position: Civil engineering and mechanics professor at Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

What's he known for: Peña-Mora is well-known for his stint as dean of Columbia University's Engineering School from 2009 to 2012. Although he enjoyed popularity among students, raised over $75 million for the school and helped the school increase in U.S. News & World Report rankings, he resigned due to faculty disagreements.

Cool but random fact: He considered joining the U.S. military after high school.

What he hopes to accomplish: “We hope to build a new generation of streets, public works and buildings that weave our diverse communities closer together and enrich the fabric of this city.”

Jacques Jiha, Department of Finance Commissioner
Jacques Jiha, Department of Finance Commissioner Black Enterprise (photo), Office of the Mayor

Jacques Jiha, Department of Finance Commissioner

Hometown: Haiti/Brooklyn

Most recent position: Executive vice president, CEO and chief financial officer for Earl G. Graves Ltd./Black Enterprise

What's he known for: He worked as chief economist and deputy comptroller for budget for the New York City Comptroller’s Office in a variety of capacities: chief economist and deputy comptroller for budget.

Cool but random fact: He received the Outstanding Achievement Award from The Haitian American Alliance in 2003.

What he hopes to accomplish: “We are going to put in place practices that give people confidence in their city. New Yorkers probably hope they don’t have many interactions with our agency, but I promise them when they do, they’ll be treated fairly.”

Lisette Camilo, Director of Mayor's Office of Contract Services
Lisette Camilo, Director of Mayor's Office of Contract Services Double Discovery Center Oral History Project (photo), Office of the Mayor

Lisette Camilo, Director of Mayor's Office of Contract Services

Hometown: Washington Heights; her family is from the Dominican Republic

Most recent position: General counsel for the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services

What she's known for: In addition to being an established lawyer, Camilo served as deputy general counsel and special counsel and assistant Director of the Vendor Programs Unit for the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services.

Cool but random fact: Being the first person in her family to go to college, Camilo was inspired to become a teaching assistant in the 1995 summer program of Columbia University's Double Discovery Center.

What she hopes to accomplish: “I am committed to keeping this system performing to the highest standards and opening the doors of opportunity to more New Yorkers, especially our minority and women-owned businesses.”

David Ehrenberg, Brooklyn Navy Yard President and CEO
David Ehrenberg, Brooklyn Navy Yard President and CEO Brooklyn Navy Yard Corporation (photo), Office of the Mayor

David Ehrenberg, Brooklyn Navy Yard President and CEO

Hometown: Brooklyn

Most recent position: Current president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

What he’s known for: Before joining the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2013, Ehrenberg served as senior manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where he oversaw projects such as the Applied Sciences initiative that led to Cornell’s new campus on Roosevelt Island.

Cool but random fact: He was a Fulbright Fellow in Zimbabwe.

What he hopes to accomplish: “We are going to deepen our connections with our employers, schools and workforce programs to help more New Yorkers be a part of this success story and get the skills they need to secure good-paying jobs in our fastest growing sectors.”

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