September 17, 2014
By Amanda LoMonaco
New York, NY — Penny Abeywardena has been appointed commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. Abeywardena, brings a wealth of experience in strategic relations and first-hand knowledge of international affairs to this position.
As the head of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, Abeywardena will be charged with leading the office’s mission to serve as the primary liaison between the City of New York and the diplomatic community, foreign governments, the United Nations, and the U.S. Department of State.
In addition to the important formal function of the office, Abeywardena has been charged with building a global platform through which the City can promote its equity agenda and share policies and best practices globally.
“I’m proud to welcome such a savvy, resourceful and dedicated leader aboard,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Penny’s philosophy—and extraordinary track record—of integrating women into political life and lifting up others for the benefit of society as a whole completely aligns with our goal of creating a more inclusive city, where everyone rises together.”