Tiffany Raspberry

Tiffany Raspberry
YorkGroup Associates LLC
New York, N.Y.
Age: 39

Tiffany Raspberry is one of very few Black women who own and operate a lobbying and consulting business in New York. She is the founder and president of YorkGroup Associates LLC, developing and executing lobbying and communication strategies for nonprofits, C-level executives, and companies and organizations various industries, including real estate, education, health care, gaming and energy. She advocates at the municipal, state and federal levels of government on behalf of clients seeking policy reforms and other government actions. ?Working in politics was my dream from a very young age. I held my first political position at the age of sixteen, when I was appointed to serve as a student member of the former New York City Board of Education,? she comments.

Raspberry earned a bachelor?s degree in political science and African-American studies from Fordham University, and stepped full time into the political arena, serving elected officials at city and federal levels before transitioning to the private sector as a lobbyist. She launched YorkGroup Associates in 2010 after more than 10 years? experience; her late mother?s and grandmother?s lessons of hard work, determination, faith, resilience and commitment to excellence; and the guidance of a political mentor in Washington, D.C.

Raspberry carries her commitment to change, social justice and service to others into community and civic action for which she has been recognized several times. From the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links Inc., New York League of Conservation Voters, Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts (MoCada), National Urban League and the Brooklyn Chapter of the NAACP, to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the President?s Club of Fordham University, her time is unstinting. Yet, ?If I had the time and money I would focus on creating greater mentoring, educational and socioeconomic empowerment opportunities for young women of color, who are often victimized the most in our society,? she muses.