Erik's victory will preserve LGBTQ leadership in NYC
Erik Bottcher is a longtime LGBTQ rights advocate who is running to represent District 3 in the New York City Council, which includes the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen and parts of SoHo and the Upper West Side. Since 2015, he has served as Chief of Staff to New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. Prior to his current role, Erik served as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s liaison to New York State’s LGBT Community, where he was part of the team that won the passage of marriage equality in New York in 2011.
Previously, Erik served as LGBT and HIV/AIDS Community Liaison for New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, where he helped develop groundbreaking initiatives in LGBTQ community and in the fight against HIV/AIDS. A longtime community activist, Erik Bottcher has established himself as a change-maker on issues ranging from LGBTQ rights to affordable housing to historic preservation. He is active in local Democratic politics, organizing his community in opposition to the Trump agenda and in support of progressive candidates in New York and beyond. A native of Lake Placid, N.Y., Erik is a graduate of The George Washington University and was a Victory Fund Bohnett Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. He is currently leading organizing efforts on the ground in his community to provide relief to vulnerable seniors and families during the COVID-19 crisis.