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  Menin, Julie
NameJulie Menin
Address170 East End Ave
New York, New York , United States
Born October 06, 1967 (54 years)
Last ModifedM@
Jan 01, 2022 03:26pm
Info"Our lives change so quickly. Mine did in a flash in 2001. Since then I’ve been working for solutions to help our neighborhoods come back and thrive."

Julie Menin opened a new restaurant and market downtown in 2000 to fill a need in a growing community. But on September 11, 2001, everything changed.

Like countless others, Julie’s life was turned upside-down. Her family evacuated and her small business was devastated. But in adversity, Julie found resilience.

Julie created the leading community organization that gave small businesses and residents that were hurt on 9/11 a collective voice. Insurance companies and government agencies acquiesced to their pressure. Many small businesses did not survive—but many more did, because people came together to fight for their community.

Julie Menin is the former Chairperson of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan, a position she was unanimously re-elected to three times. Julie has been hailed in the press for her “solution driven” and “results oriented” approach to government.

Her leadership abilities and hands-on approach have delivered again and again for the residents and businesses of New York City, producing a stellar record of accomplishments, including:

Revitalizing Lower Manhattan

Julie has helped lead the revival of Lower Manhattan during the arduous and unprecedented period of post 9/11, resulting in Lower Manhattan gaining 30,000 residents, becoming the fourth largest commercial business district in the US, and one of the most visited tourist destinations in the city. She served as a Juror for the September 11th Memorial (reviewing over 5,000 designs and selecting Michael Arad’s Reflecting Absence) and currently serves on the Boards of the 9/11 Memorial and the WTC Performing Arts Center.

As a watchdog on the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation board, she exposed waste of taxpayer funds and won a $200 million victory against Con Ed when they tried to raise rates and pocket public funds.

Julie led the charge to have a civilian trial for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a more secure location, resulting in President Obama’s decision to move the trials outside of NYC.


Recognizing the overcrowding in many local pubic schools, Julie spearheaded the building of three new K-8 public schools in Lower Manhattan in four years: P.S. 276, the city's first “green school," P.S. 397, and P.S. 343. More new schools than in any other neighborhood in Manhattan. She has also pushed for the construction of new community centers, parks, and playgrounds throughout Lower Manhattan.

Social Issues

Julie garnered praise from the New York Times in an editorial for her “good approach” and “sensible response” to addressing the Occupy Wall Street protests in Lower Manhattan. Julie also negotiated a deal to have a sukkah that had caused community opposition when proposed to be placed in a public park, instead be erected on a private lot, which was praised by the press as a “solution driven approach” to avoid religious uses in public parks and maintain separation of church and state.

Julie presided over the Community Board’s historic 29-1 vote in favor of the Islamic cultural center and mosque – while calling for a floor dedicated to an inter-faith, nondenominational space. Despite receiving death threats, she supported the project, upholding our most cherished right of freedom of religion. For Julie, it was personal. Her mother was forced to hide in a cellar, while most of her family was killed in the Holocaust.


Julie led the community's efforts to rezone Northern Tribeca to maintain its contextual character and provide inclusionary zoning to build more affordable housing. She successfully advocated for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to build and maintain affordable housing in Lower Manhattan. Under her leadership, Community Board 1 adopted its first ever listing of all affordable housing units in Lower Manhattan, including options for seniors to age in place.

Public Health

Julie led the charge for the city and state to mandate life-saving epi-pens on all NY ambulances to protect children and adults who suffer from life threatening food allergies.

Community Board #1 was instrumental in its support for the 9/11 health bill to provide care for first responders and residents.

LGBT Issues

Julie has always been a steadfast supporter of LGBT equality and social justice. In July 2010, she led the charge as Chair of Community Board #1 to pass a unanimous resolution urging the Governor and New York State Legislature to immediately amend the domestic relations law to allow for marriage equality.

Julie's vocal commitment to diversity and the value of each individual earned her praise from many progressive organizations, including the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club (named after the founding president of the Gay Activist Alliance), which honored Julie with their Human Rights Award in 2011. She also hosted a highly praised show on marriage equality on NBC cable.


Julie Menin is a former regulatory attorney, small business owner, and founder and President of Wall Street Rising, the not-for-profit she founded after 9/11 to rebuild Lower Manhattan. She formerly owned and operated Vine, a restaurant and catering business with over 75 employees in Lower Manhattan that she created. She sits on the boards of the Municipal Art Society, Downtown Hospital, 9/11 Memorial, Women’s Campaign Fund and the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Foundation. She is a former board member of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Citizen's Union and Governor's Island. She is a frequent TV commentator on politics and law for CNN, Fox National, CBS, NBC, and National Public Radio, and has appeared on CNN's American Morning, NBC Today Show, CBS Early Show, Larry King, The O'Reilly Factor, The Situation Room, Hannity & Colmes, and other shows. She is the former host of Give and Take, which aired on NBC's 24-hour cable news network in major markets around the country.

Education & Awards

She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Political Science from Columbia University and received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law. She was previously an associate at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington DC where she specialized in regulatory law and was a Senior Regulatory Attorney at Colgate Palmolive. She was named by City Hall newspaper as one of the city's "40 Under 40" Rising Stars, was voted by the New York Resident as one of the "100 Top New Yorkers", and was named NY1's "New Yorker of the Week". Her many civic honors include receiving the Women's Campaign Fund's "Rising Star" award, The National Association of Women Business Owner's "Community Service" award, City & State's Top 25 Women of Public Service award, The League of Conservation Voters 2010 award and Citizens Union 2011 Civic Leadership award.

Personal Life

Julie and her husband Bruce live in Lower Manhattan where they are raising their three young sons.



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