Jeffrey will ensure that strong LGBTQ leadership will remain on the New York City Council!
Jeffrey is an actor and labor leader looking to make history as the first openly gay person elected to represent District 6 and the first Japanese-American to ever win elected office in New York State.
He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, known for his voice over, commercial, and television work as well as his performances on stages across the country.
In 2016, Jeffrey’s acting career had taken off, but he and his colleagues were struggling to make ends meet while working for unlivable wages at NYC’s renowned Off-Broadway theaters. So, he helped create and lead #FairWageOnStage, a grassroots campaign to ensure that stage managers and actors receive fair pay. The movement gave Actors’ Equity Association leverage to achieve historic wage increases, up to 83%, across Off-Broadway theaters. Jeffrey was elected to the board of the union, where he’s had the unique experience of organizing from the inside, negotiating higher wages, and greater benefits for the union’s members.
Whether organizing workers, helping lead his union’s first strike in 50 years, launching the national Be An #ArtsHero campaign, volunteering for Goddard Riverside, OneBlockUWS, and the Open Hearts Initiative, or field organizing for John Kerry, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden, Jeffrey has long been an advocate for his colleagues and neighbors. He’s eager to bring that experience home to represent District 6 on the City Council.