New York City government has gone through a major transition with a new Mayor, new Agency Commissioners, new City Council Speaker, 36 new Council Members, and new Borough Presidents. Do you feel confident moving forward with your plans?
City Council Capital & Discretionary Funding Application Assistance
Legislative Advocacy & Lobbying
Nonprofit Development, Funding Strategies & Grant Writing
Human Resources Infrastructure
With HZQ, you get a team of former city council executives that give you a professional advantage to achieve your goals.
Check out our team below and circle back with any questions by emailing C.Ortega@HZQconsulting.com.
Senior Director of Government Relations
Corey Ortega is our Senior Director of Government Relations. He leads HZQ's government relations team and external activities with labor, non-profits, businesses, lobbyists, and political campaigns. Corey also participates in developing and delivering public affairs strategies and tactics for major initiatives, programs, and projects.
Prior to the NYC Covid Coalition, Corey was the Executive Director for New York City Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus (BLAC). He worked with council members of the Caucus to develop, organize, execute legislative and budget agendas, and amplify existing agendas of interest to the BLAC. Corey worked collaboratively with legislators, government agencies, community groups, and other stakeholders to support the BLAC’s legislative and budget priorities.
Director of Strategic Planning, Nonprofits & Legislation
Evelin Collado is our Government Relations Advisor on non-profits. She provides strategic support to non-profit clients on budgetary and legislative matters.
Prior to joining HZQ Consultant, Evelin served as Budget & Legislative Director at the New York City Council where she had had the privilege of managing the allocation of millions of dollars in community investments and leading on legislative strategy.
Some of the bills she worked on and have since become law, include the Municipal Voting Rights bill, legislation to create the Office of Ethnic Media, the Office of Sports, and to transfer control of Hart Island, the largest public cemetery in the US, to the Dept. of Parks & Recreation, and to create a public travel plan for visiting relatives.
Director of Grant & Foundation Relations
Katherine leads HZQ’s nonprofit development in prospect research, grant writing and reporting, and stewardship for institutional donors. She has created proposals and Funding Strategies for top nonprofits, including Riverside Park Conservancy, The New School, the Lycee Francais de New York, and Union Theological Seminary.
Katherine holds a Master of Science Degree in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College.
Government Relations Associate
As a Government Relations Associate, Jacob helps to develop and execute strategies for our clients. Prior to joining HZQ, Jacob worked as a volunteer field director for a local city council campaign in the Manhattan Valley, West Harlem, and Washington Heights communities.
Jacob Kimbarow is a US Air Force Veteran who served as an Analyst. After his term of service, he was accepted as a political science student at Columbia University where he currently studies.