Mayor Svante L. Myrick announced the appointment of Faith Vavra as the Chief of Staff for the City of Ithaca.
Ms. Vavra brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership skills to the position from her years of work in local and federal government, secondary education, and non-profit agencies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and two master’s degrees in criminal justice and public administration.
Ms. Vavra has served as the Director of Special Programs for the Broome County Executive’s Office, and as a Deputy District Director in New York’s 22nd Congressional District. She is credited with assisting in securing funding for a space and science education park at Kopernik Science Center and creating a STEM Collaborative in Broome County. As an Adjunct Criminal Justice Instructor at SUNY Broome Community College, she became aware of issues surrounding recruitment in law enforcement agencies and spoke to local legislative bodies about the importance of the police reform legislation. She recently served as a key liaison for eight counties, municipal leaders, non-profits, businesses, and emergency responders during the COVID-19 crisis.
“I am thrilled to welcome Faith Vavra to the City of Ithaca family”, said Mayor Svante Myrick. “She brings to the work a depth of knowledge and experience in budgeting, management, criminal justice, and constituent services – all of which will help our organization do an even better job serving Ithacans. Her level of dedication and commitment are clear by the comments we’ve received from those she has worked with previously.”
“I would like to thank the search committee and Mayor Myrick for this amazing opportunity”, said Ms. Vavra. “I am honored to be chosen as the next Chief of Staff for the City of Ithaca. I look forward to the future and what we can accomplish.”
“I want to Congratulate Faith on her appointment to the Chief of Staff position in the City of Ithaca” said Former Congressman Anthony Brindisi. “She was a critical part of my team while I was in Congress. Ithaca and Mayor Myrick could not have made a better choice”.
“Faith was an integral part of my executive team and specialized in local, state and federal relations”, said Jason T. Garnar, Broome County Executive. “She managed special projects and constituent services with commitment and dedication to the community. Congratulations to the City of Ithaca and Mayor Myrick on an excellent choice!”
“I would like to extend my congratulations to Faith on her appointment as the Chief of Staff for the City of Ithaca”, said Richard C. David, Mayor of the City of Binghamton, and President of the New York Conference of Mayors. “She has assisted many Binghamton constituents, businesses and played a key role in the Southern Tier during the pandemic. She will do a fantastic job moving Ithaca forward”
“I am delighted to learn that Faith Vavra will be joining Mayor Myrick’s team as his new Chief of Staff for the City of Ithaca”, said Kerri Green, President & CEO of Commerce Chenango. “Her background, skills and expertise make her a natural fit for this leadership role. Faith’s ability to work seamlessly with all constituents, area leaders and businesses will help move the City of Ithaca’s goals and mission forward. I have had the distinct privilege of working closely with Faith, and from personal experience I can’t think of anyone better suited for this position. The City of Ithaca, and Mayor Myrick, will be well supported and they have selected the perfect person for this key position.”
Ms. Vavra will serve as the City’s third Chief of Staff.