Alumni Stories

Jessica S. Lappin (C’97)

NYC City Council Member

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Jessica S. Lappin

The school’s “international flavor” drew Lappin, a native New Yorker, to Georgetown. She appreciates the liberal arts foundation the college provided and remembers her courses in government, French and theology, with a special fondness for “The Problem of God” and “History of Jazz.” Lappin spent her junior year in Paris. Upon graduating, Lappin turned her focus on politics from the theoretical to the practical and started working in local government. In 2005, she was elected to the New York City Council as a representative of the 5th District of Manhattan, which includes the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island.

Lappin, Chair of the Aging Committee, is a strong advocate for education reform, environmental protection and public safety. She was praised by The New York Times for her “steely resolve, dedication and energy.” In her first term, Lappin worked to address overcrowding in New York City public schools. As chair of a land use subcommittee, she successfully approved the construction of more than 20,000 new school seats in New York City. She is also a member of the council committees on education, transportation and cultural affairs.

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New York City Council Member Jessica S. Lappin

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