Heather Briccetti
Heather Briccetti
President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
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HEATHER BRICCETTI became President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. in January 2012. Heather joined The Business Council in 2007 when she was named vice president of government affairs. In this position, she worked to drive the organization’s pro-jobs agenda.

Prior to joining The Business Council, Briccetti was a consultant and lobbyist for Powers and Company, where she advised clients on a range of state and federal government relation issues. While she was there, Briccetti finished the Javits Center expansion and the new Yankee Stadium park. Before joining Powers and Company, Briccetti served as an assistant counsel to the New York State Senate Majority, working on a range of issues, including economic development, budget reform and consumer protection. She also worked for the Assembly Majority for several years, serving as a legislative aide and counsel to the Racing and Wagering Committee.

Additionally, Briccetti served as special counsel in the state Attorney General’s office, where her responsibilities included coordinating activities between the bureaus in the Attorney General’s office and the state Legislature and Governor’s office.

She also worked in private practice as one of the founding partners of a law firm, and as chief public defender in Rensselaer County, being the first female appointed to that position.

Briccetti was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the Chairman’s Committee for the Regional Economic Development Councils and the High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel.

She was born in Tunisia, at which time her parents were volunteers in the Peace Corps. They later worked as public school teachers when her family moved to Syracuse, New York. Briccetti originally attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a 16-year-old, and then transferred to the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she received her undergraduate degree. After an internship with a Syracuse-based Assembly member, Briccetti attended Albany Law School and earned her JD.

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