Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Bachelor of Arts, May 2009
Immigration & Politics
Joseph Taranto currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, who represents parts of Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. He is responsible for overseeing the Council Member's legislative agenda, discretionary budget allocations, press outreach and online communications. Joseph also coordinates the Council Districtís involvement in the groundbreaking Participatory Budgeting NYC initiative, which gives local residents in each of the participating districts the power to decide how to spend over $1 million in City Council discretionary funds.
Additionally, Joseph is pursuing a Masterís degree in Urban Policy from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School for Public Engagement.