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ABOUT

Basil Smikle Jr. is a Distinguished Lecturer of Politics and Public Policy at the City University of New York’s School of Labor and Urban Studies, and holds a PhD in Politics and Education from Columbia University.   As a thought-leader and political strategist, he is a familiar face on CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets where frequent appearances highlight his insights on electoral politics and public policy. Basil was most recently the Executive Director of the New York Democratic Party during which time he was the “second highest ranking Democrat” in the State and currently lectures at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and Teachers College.

“Basil has been a key advisor and a tremendous public servant.  It is an honor to have him on my team as we work to serve the people of New York.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton

“Basil has been a key advisor and a tremendous public servant.  It is an honor to have him on my team as we work to serve the people of New York.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton

EXPERTISE

CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS

PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS AND GOVERANCE

EDUCATION POLITICS AND POLICY

PUBLIC SECTOR MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Latest Publications

Basil Smikle’s latest work.

Quotes

“Basil believed in us and in our potential. He sang our praises to everyone from county chairs to the Governors office. Because of his constant support, our party as a whole is stronger.”

Mike Corbett

FORMER PRESIDENT OF NEW YORK STATE YOUNG DEMOCRATS

“Basil is a national-caliber political operative and we are lucky to have him leading day-to-day operations for the State Democratic Party [and] combines a mastery of public policy with an inherent feel for communities throughout New York State.”

David Paterson

FORMER NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR

Basil’s work has “led to a better understanding of the importance and value of developing sound public policy” and as “a staunch advocate for public service and education equity, [he is] an inspiring voice for the rights and opportunities that all people deserve”

Governor Andrew Cuomo

GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK STATE

“Basil believed in us and in our potential. He sang our praises to everyone from county chairs to the Governors office. Because of his constant support, our party as a whole is stronger.”

Mike Corbett, Former President of New York State Young Democrats

NEWARK MAYOR

“Basil is a national-caliber political operative and we are lucky to have him leading day-to-day operations for the State Democratic Party [and] combines a mastery of public policy with an inherent feel for communities throughout New York State.”

David Paterson

FORMER GOVERNOR

“Basil is a much sought after consultant”

Cory Booker

NEWARK MAYOR

“Impressive Speaker”

Rev. Al Sharpton

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER

“A fresh thinking school reformer”

New York Daily News

MEDIA

“New York needs such vibrant leadership”

New York Post

MEDIA

“Basil is a much sought after consultant”

Cory Booker

NEWARK MAYOR

“Impressive Speaker”

Rev. Al Sharpton

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER

“A fresh thinking school reformer”

New York Daily News

MEDIA

“New York needs such vibrant leadership”

New York Post

MEDIA

Book Basil for television commentary or written opinion pieces on politics, policy and education. He is available as a panelist, discussion moderator or keynote.

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