James Capalino

Jim’s professional background combines senior private sector management roles with extensive public sector experience in New York City government. Jim founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Capalino+Company, New York’s premier government and community relations advocacy firm providing a full range of business advisory services. Capalino+Company advises over two hundred-thirty private sector companies and not-for-profit clients.  Jim’s problem solving abilities and knowledge of New York City government have proven helpful to hundreds of clients in the For Profit and Not-for-Profit sectors.  Capalino+Company is ranked as the number one NYC Government Relations firm by revenue and number of clients.

Jim’s government career began in 1972 when he joined the staff of Congressman Edward I. Koch, as Executive Assistant with responsibility for district office operations. He left the congressional staff in 1976 to become the full-time coordinator of Congressman Koch's successful mayoral campaign and then served as Director of Transition between the Beame and Koch administrations. As one of Mayor Koch's principal assistants, Jim had responsibility for coordinating neighborhood service delivery. In 1979, Mayor Koch named him to be Commissioner of General Services, an agency of 2000 employees and a budget of $750 million. At 28 years of age, Jim was, and remains, the youngest commissioner in New York City history. In 1985, Jim managed the Mayor's successful re-election campaign for a third term. Mr. Koch won the general election by the largest margin in the city's history. 

Jim holds an M.A. in Management and Urban Affairs from the New School University, and a B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from Colgate University.