First Lady of New York City
As First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray has redefined the role of First Lady,
managing a robust portfolio to advance an ambitious agenda in support of all New Yorkers.
Nationally recognized as a powerful champion for mental health reform and dubbed one of
TIME Magazine's 50 Most Influential People in Health Care for 2018, Ms. McCray
created ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation.
She also spearheads the Cities Thrive Coalition, with more than 200 mayors, county officials and
thought leaders from all 50 states, advocating for a more integrated and better-funded behavioral
A lifelong writer, activist and feminist, Ms. McCray joined the Combahee River Collective while
attending school at Wellesley College. As First Lady, she continues to fight for gender equity
and LGBTQ rights, support survivors of gender-based violence and create a more inclusive
NYC. She brings her deeply-held commitment to the mental health and well-being of people and
communities to everything she does