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Lisa Black

Director of Communications

About Lisa Black

Lisa M. Black is the Chief Deputy County Executive in Suffolk County, NY managing the daily operations of a government that serves 1.5 million residents with a $3+ billion budget and a workforce of 10,000 employees.  Appointed in 2017, Ms. Black joined the County Executive's administration with over two decades of communications, government relations and policy-making experience.  


Beginning her public service career in the New York State Senate, Ms. Black served over a decade in both Albany and New York City, acting in leadership roles for two Senate Majority Leaders.  


Lisa also served two New York City Mayors, Bloomberg and de Blasio, as the Assistant Commissioner of Government and Community Relations for the City's Department of Homeless Services (DHS).  Ms. Black then returned to State government as a member of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's administration serving as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Advisor for Transportation & Infrastructure at the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES).  


As Chief Deputy Suffolk County Executive, Ms. Black led the County’s COVID-19 pandemic response and largescale vaccination efforts, and later its County-wide cyberattack containment and recovery.    


Ms. Black was named one of City Hall News' Rising Stars: Top 40 under 40, Next Generation of Political Leaders in New York (2007).  Lisa has also been recognized by NYC with an Employee Excellence Award (2011) and by the Herald Newspapers as a Premier Businesswoman of Long Island Award for Government (2023).  Ms. Black is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY and recently completed Executive Education programs through the Academy for Regional Stewardship at Molloy University on Long Island and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge.