Under the direction of the Board, CFB staff assist candidates, audit and publicize how money is raised and spent in local elections, engage and educate voters, and make policy and legislative recommendations.
Beth Rotman is a nationally recognized political law and policy expert and one of the nation's foremost experts on implementing small-donor democracy programs. She was the founding director of Connecticut's small donor campaign financing program, leading the operation and oversight while encouraging record-breaking participation for a new program.
Ms. Rotman also served as the National Director of Money in Politics & Ethics at Common Cause where she advocated for stronger guardrails against abuses of power and for fairer and more equitable democratic structures in Washington, D.C. and across the country.
The appointment by the Board marks a return to the CFB for Ms. Rotman; she served as the agency's Deputy General Counsel from 2003 to 2006.
She also clerked for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, working closely with now Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Justice Sotomayor was a founding board member of the CFB and encouraged Ms. Rotman to accept a counsel position with the CFB early in her career.
She has been a featured guest on many television and radio programs, including NPR's All Things Considered. Her political law and policy expertise and work have been quoted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, POLITICO, The Daily Beast, Business Insider, and numerous other outlets.
Ms. Rotman earned a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was awarded the inaugural Derrick Bell Fellowship.
Ms. Rotman spoke about her appointment as Executive Director with City & State New York.
Assistant Executive Director for Campaign Finance Administration
Sauda Chapman is the Assistant Executive Director for the Campaign Finance Administration (“CFA”). She serves on the Executive Team and oversees the Special Compliance and Auditing and Accounting Units. The main tasks performed by both units are reviews of periodic disclosure statements, the administration of public funds to participants in the Public Funds Program and campaign compliance and complaints reviews and investigations. CFA staff work very closely with many units in the agency throughout the election cycle. From the beginning of a campaign, during the election cycle performing various reviews and payment of public funds to the end of the cycle and beyond when performing post-election audits leading to enforcement.
Prior to working at the CFB, Ms. Chapman was a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young LLP, specializing in real estate and employee benefit plan audits. Ms. Chapman graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. While at SUNY Binghamton, Ms. Chapman was the Treasurer of the Black Student Union and a member of various professional and multicultural organizations such as the Bert Mitchell Minority Management Organization (BMMMO), the Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program (JUMP) and the Black Dance Repertoire.
Assistant Executive Director for Candidate Guidance and Policy
Daniel Cho is the Assistant Executive Director for Candidate Guidance & Policy at the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB). He serves on the Executive team and manages policies and procedures that affect candidates and their campaign staff in complying with the Campaign Finance Act and Board Rules. Mr. Cho oversees the communications and advice related to campaign financial disclosures and the public matching funds program. He has served in various roles at the CFB as Director of Candidate Services, Payment Coordinator, Auditor, and Compliance Analyst.
Mr. Cho is a past Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) and participant in the New York City Leadership Institute. He is a past Chair and Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA). He currently serves as the Vice-President of Civic Engagement for the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY) and is a member of the Council of Korean Americans. Mr. Cho holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College.
Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs
As Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs, Eric Friedman is responsible for managing the agency’s intergovernmental relations, policy research, and legislative outreach. Through the units that comprise the Public Affairs division (Marketing and Digital Communications, Partnerships and Outreach, Policy and Research, and Public Relations), he oversees the agency’s print publications and online communications, the NYC Votes voter engagement campaign, and the CFB’s promotional efforts, media relations, and public outreach. Mr. Friedman has served the CFB in a series of roles since 2006, as Policy Analyst, Press Secretary, and Director of External Affairs. Prior to joining the CFB, Mr. Friedman served as Press Secretary for U.S. Representative Christopher Shays (R-CT), a national leader on government ethics and campaign finance reform during his time in Congress. Mr. Friedman also managed communications for Congressman Shays’ re-election campaigns and worked on several campaigns for state and local office. Mr. Friedman began his career as a journalist, reporting on politics and government for a weekly newspaper in southwestern Connecticut. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
As General Counsel, Bethany Perskie manages the CFB’s legal team, which is responsible for enforcing New York City’s campaign finance laws; drafting rulemakings, legislation, and advisory opinions; representing the agency in litigation; and providing in-house legal counsel. As a member of the executive team, Ms. Perskie also serves as a senior policy advisor. Ms. Perskie started with the CFB in 2011 as an Associate Counsel and has served in a variety of roles, most recently as Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining the CFB, Ms. Perskie clerked for Justice Virginia Long of the New Jersey Supreme Court and worked as an Associate at Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and she is a graduate of the New York City Management Academy.
Mario Rocvil, Jr.
Assistant Executive Director for Operations
Mario Rocvil, Jr. is the Assistant Executive Director for Operations at the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB). He serves on the Executive team and manages policies and procedures that ensures the integrity of financial reporting, fiscal compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and effectiveness of internal controls and operational processes. Mr. Rocvil oversees daily operations and provides strategic vision for financial planning and analysis, procurement, and facilities management.
Prior to working at the CFB, Mr. Rocvil worked at several New York City government agencies in various capacities that have equipped him with a strong blend of financial, compliance, operations, and risk management knowledge. Mr. Rocvil served as Deputy Director of Fiscal Affairs at the Department of Transportation (DOT), Senior Director of Finance at the Department of Consumer Affairs and Worker Protection (DCWP) and worked as a fraud investigator with the Department of Investigation (DOI) and the Department of Finance’s Office of the Sheriff (DOF).
Mr. Rocvil holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Accounting from the City University of New York (CUNY) Brooklyn College.
Director of Finance
Director of Administrative Operations
As the Director of Administrative Operations, Rudy Castro oversees the preservation and retrieval of all records, including paper files, electronic files, online content, and database information. Mr. Castro works to create efficient and reliable storage and filing systems. In addition to assisting all units with their records, Mr. Castro’s team produces the documents that the public requests through the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Mr. Castro has been at the CFB for 9 years, since he started in Document Processing. He also serves as the agency’s Fire Warden, and he recently became an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor.
Mr. Castro serves as the Record Access Officer for the NYC Campaign Finance Board.
Director of Candidate Services
As Director of the Candidate Services Unit, Hannah Egerton manages the outreach, trainings, and guidance that the CFB provides to candidates and their staff in order to help them comply with the Campaign Finance Act and Board Rules. Ms. Egerton joined the CFB in 2012 as a Candidate Services Liaison, and most recently served as Deputy Director of Candidate Services. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Smith College, and a Master’s degree in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from NYU Wagner. Ms. Egerton is a graduate of the New York City Leadership Institute.
Director of Human Resources
Chief Technology Officer
Director of Marketing and Digital Communications
Deputy Director of Public Affairs
As Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Amanda Melillo directly manages the agency’s outward-facing units (Marketing and Digital Communications, Partnerships and Outreach, Policy and Research, and Public Relations), which encompass the agency’s voter education and engagement initiatives that inform five million New Yorkers about their elections. Amanda has served at the CFB since 2014 and previously held the roles of Policy & Data Research Analyst and Public Affairs Officer. Prior to joining the agency, she worked on the Voting Rights and Elections team at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she oversaw communications research and trained organizations around the country on how to tailor communications best practices to advance legislative priorities around voting reform. She began her career working in media and local journalism, including the New York Post. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, and a master’s in political science from Columbia University, where she studied elections and legislative behavior.
Director of Special Compliance
As the Director of the Special Compliance Unit (SCU), Jesse Schaffer oversees three separate functions, each of which has one fulltime analyst: checking the city’s Doing Business Database (DBDB) against campaign contributions to ensure that contributions from people with business relationships observe lower limits and are not claimed for match; monitoring independent expenditures (IEs) and liaising with independent spenders; and conducting investigations based on Audit referrals and complaints received by the Board. In addition, Mr. Schaffer maintains the agency’s relationships with outside investigative and prosecutorial agencies and manages the CFB’s private investigator contract. Mr. Schaffer started at the CFB in 2011 in his current position in order to coordinate the development and implementation of the IE regulations, which were new at the time. Prior to that, he was at the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, where he created and implemented the DBDB. Mr. Schaffer began his career at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), where he worked for five years before moving into the electoral arena in 1988. Mr. Schaffer worked for Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger for nine years on her government and campaign staffs. He has also worked on various campaigns for candidates in NYC, at the city, state, and national level. Mr. Schaffer studied math and computers at SUNY Binghamton and Baruch College, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Director of Document Processing
As Director of Document Processing, Rhonda Smith supervises the management of all incoming documentation and data, including mail, hand-delivered campaign related documentation, and electronic submissions. Mrs. Smith also establishes procedures within her unit to meet business needs and communicates them to affected staff. She has been with the Campaign Finance Board for 16 years as of July 2021.
Director of Public Relations
Matthew Sollars has worked at the CFB since 2012. Prior to joining the agency, Mr. Sollars was a reporter covering city and state politics at Crain’s New York Business and WNYC and a budget policy analyst at the Citizens Budget Commission. He has a master’s in journalism from CUNY, a bachelor’s degree in Italian from Columbia, and a certificate in culinary arts.
Director of Partnerships and Outreach
Omar Suarez is the Director of Partnerships and Outreach. He leads a team dedicated to working with community organizations, city agencies, and businesses to increase voter education and participation in City elections. The Partnerships and Outreach unit also conducts, and recruits volunteers for, direct voter outreach and education campaigns. Prior to joining the CFB in 2020, Omar served as Program Director for Dominicanos USA in New York, an initiative dedicated to advancing the civic engagement of Dominican immigrants and Dominican-descended individuals in the US. Omar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from CUNY Baruch College and a Master in Policy Management degree from the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy.
Director of Policy and Research
As the Director of Policy and Research, Allie Swatek leads the team that conducts intergovernmental outreach, performs policy and legislative analysis, and produces original, data-driven research on voting and campaign finance issues. Her team writes the Voter Analysis Report and the Post Election Report and manages voter education content, such as the campaign to familiarize New Yorkers with ranked choice voting. Allie also worked as a Candidate Services Liaison during the 2013 election cycle. Prior to returning to the CFB, Allie worked on elections and finance policy issues at the 2019 NYC Charter Revision Commission and supported the governmental affairs team at JPMorgan Chase. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
Elizabeth A. Upp
Director of Candidate Policy and Communications
As Director of the Candidate Policy & Communications Unit, Elizabeth A. Upp oversees policy analysis and candidate communications related to compliance with the Campaign Finance Act and Board Rules. Ms. Upp joined the CFB as Chief of Publications, and most recently served as Director of Communications in Public Affairs. She has served on the Publications Committee and chaired the Technology Committee for the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL), and was a moderator and panelist at several of its annual conferences. Prior to joining the CFB, she was Managing Editor of The C++ Report, The Journal of Object-Oriented Programming, and The X Journal, and founding Managing Editor of Object Magazine for SIGS Publications. Ms. Upp holds a degree in English literature from Fordham University and is a graduate of the New York City Management Academy.