Building Relationships With Your Legislator

Have you ever wondered about the best process for engaging with your state political leaders? Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre will be sharing her experience becoming an assemblywoman and how she came to be the chair of the New York Library Committee. She will talk about different approaches to state library budgets, various legislative issues such as e-books, Trustee Training, and construction bills. Then she'll explore best practices for reaching out and maintaining relationships with your legislators.

Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre

Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre was elected in the 2014 General Election and represents New York State’s 11 th Assembly District in Suffolk County on Long Island. She is the daughter of parents who migrated from Haiti to the United States. She attended Brooklyn College, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2005. In pursuit of her master’s degree she attended Stony Brook University, earning her Master of Science in Public Policy in 2007. Kimberly has a long record of public service in the Long Island region, working as an aide to both Suffolk County Legislator DuWayne Gregory and former Congressman Steve Israel. She also was previously the Vice President of Properties at the Town of Babylon Industrial Development Agency.

She currently Chairs the Libraries and Education Technology Committee and sits on the Education Committee, the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, the Children and Families Committee and the Banks Committee. She also serves as Chair of the bipartisan Legislative Women’s Caucus. While chair of the Libraries and Education Technology Committee, Kimberly has advocated for the highest ever funding levels for Libraries across New York State. She has also championed legislation on E-Books, library trustee training, and modernizing the state Library Aid Formulas.