Beth came to NYLAG after a 20-year career in government service. Most recently, she was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in September 2013 to serve as the Commissioner of the Department of Finance, the agency responsible for collecting $30 billion in revenue for the City. Previously she served as Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel at Finance, heading the legal department and providing guidance across the agency.
Prior to joining the City, Beth served for 15 years in the Civil Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. For the last six of these years, she served as Deputy Chief, and before that, as Chief of the Environmental Protection Unit and as a line Assistant. During her tenure, she represented the United States in defensive and affirmative cases in Federal District Court and appeals in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in areas ranging from employment, tort, First Amendment, fraud, civil RICO, national security and many others on behalf of myriad federal agencies.
She began her career as a law clerk for Judge Charles P. Sifton in the Eastern District of New York. Following a year as a foreign associate in Israel, she worked in private practice for four-and-a-half years, honing her litigation skills and maintaining an active docket of pro bono work. She is a 1987 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University.