Jonathan Mintz


Jonathan Mintz is commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. He has been with the department since 2002, serving as acting commissioner and deputy commissioner before being appointed commissioner by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2006. Mintz is also the founder and co-chair of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition and launched New York City's Office of Financial Empowerment.

Prior to joining the Department of Consumer Affairs, Mintz taught second grade at an independent school in Manhattan and was a member of the founding faculty of the Roger Williams University School of Law. He taught at Chicago Kent College of Law and practiced at a San Francisco law firm.

He holds a law degree from Cornell University and a master's degree in education from the Bank Street College of Education.

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