Lillian Llambelis

Lillian “Lee” Llambelis is the deputy commissioner for community partnerships and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture/Art and Mathematics) initiatives at the NYC Department of Design and Construction. She leads the agency’s outreach, and develops and strengthens programs that support educational initiatives that create a pipeline for students from middle school through employment. This includes managing various programs, including ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) mentoring for high school students citywide, college summer internships, college aides, high school internship program, middle school after school program, and summer middle school enrichment program. Ms. Llambelis also manages the Town + Gown Program, as well as the department’s work using academic and practitioner resources to increase built environment research across disciplines and sectors by partnering with city agencies, colleges and universities. Prior to her appointment, she served as the special assistant district attorney for community affairs at the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she was responsible for community outreach efforts, with a primary focus on the ethnic minority, school, senior, immigrant, and crime victim communities. Ms. Llambelis maintained relationships with elected officials, business leaders, citizens, civic and larger community stakeholders to enlist public support to identify public safety and quality of life issues that merit law enforcement action. She and her team worked to develop and implement strategies to promote the public's access to the services of the district attorney's office, to ensure that citizens have easy and consistent access to services, and ensure that problems are identified and solved speedily. Ms. Llambelis has held positions as the director of intergovernmental and community affairs for New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and as litigation director for LatinoJustice PRLDEF. From 1992 to 2002, she served as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan, where she was assigned to the Trial Division; the Special Prosecutions Bureau, where she investigated and prosecuted white-collar crimes, including embezzlement, fraud, bribery, and the financial exploitation of the elderly; and the Official Corruption Unit where she investigated and prosecuted police corruption. Ms. Llambelis is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Georgetown University Law Center. She was also a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs. Prior to attending law school, she served as an assistant press secretary to former Mayor Edward I. Koch.