- January 5, 2018
- Posted by: Dominican Parade
Diana Reyna joined as Senior Partner at Athena Consulting Group Inc., a full-service government relations, public engagement, strategic communications and business development firm. Athena is comprised of an experienced team of women-wise, professional, educated, dedicated, and highly experienced in the New York market area. Athena has extensive networks, and vast, incredible experiences in both the public sector and private sector.
Athena brings a unique and innovative perspective to the clients it represents. Athena has an ethical responsibility to not only the clients it serves, but to the communities our work may impact. Athena’s success is based on striving for excellence, achieving our client’s goals, and fostering growth, sustainability and livability for all citizens.
Diana Reyna is the former Deputy Brooklyn Borough President for Brooklyn (2014-2017), and a former New York City Council Member for the 34th Council District (2001-2013), which includes Williamsburg and Bushwick as well as Ridgewood in Queens. For over twenty years, Diana Reyna had demonstrated an outstanding commitment to communities across Brooklyn and Queens through government service and advocacy.
As a New York City Council Member representing the 34th Council District she garnered citywide attention for her efforts in championing affordable housing, economic development, improving equity in education, park space, waste and environmental justice as well as expanding youth and senior services.
Reyna was the first Dominican American woman elected to public office in New York State. Previously, Reyna was the chief of staff to New York State Assembly Member and Chairman of the Kings County (Brooklyn) Democratic Party, Vito Lopez. As a council member Reyna concentrated her efforts in funding youth programs and family literacy. As well as fighting crime and reducing gang violence in her council district while fostering economic development for job creation.
Council Member Diana Reyna sponsored legislation that was signed into law, Administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to increasing fines for illegal conversions from industrial to residential uses. The bill was later signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg.
As Deputy Brooklyn Borough President, Reyna advocated for the over 2.6 million residents of New York City’s most diverse borough. She continues to support innovation and high-tech job creation, investing in women or minority owned small businesses, as well as business incubators that facilitate the critical work of entrepreneurs in creating start-up companies. She focuses on knocking down barriers in the path of men and women who are hoping to take a chance.
Reyna’s work has focused on new and bold ways to tackle Brooklyn’s inequities. She remains a tireless advocate for the NYC DOT BQ Green Project, which will deck the part of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway that bi-sects the ‘Southside,’ of Williamsburg with a park that bridges the community and improves the open-space ration, bolster local business and improve quality of life in Northern Brooklyn for thousands of residents.
Reyna believes that Brooklyn has many great success stories and is at the forefront of culture, education, the arts and diversity. She’s said that “Brooklyn has become a terrific global brand, but it is so much more than that. Brooklyn holds our future, our children, our neighbors, our artists, our entrepreneurs, our schools, and our businesses. I am inspired and excited to champion Brooklyn.”