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Tonio Burgos

Tonio Burgos
Stephan Burger
Michael Burleigh
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Tonio Burgos’ Biography

Tonio Burgos is Founder & CEO of Tonio Burgos and Associates, a leading strategic planning firm. For over 30 years, the firm has successfully worked on a wide range of projects for clients in the public and private sector.

Tonio’s expertise is built upon five decades of experience in business, government, civic involvement, and legislative affairs. His background gives him a clear understanding and in-depth knowledge in how to get results on behalf of clients. Under his leadership, Tonio Burgos and Associates has become a leader in the consulting and lobbying industries, serving the tristate region, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.

Prior to founding his firm, Tonio worked for NY Governor Mario Cuomo for 15 years, as Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and as Director of the Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH). He also served as Vice Chairman of the NJ Economic Development Authority and Treasurer of the Camden NJ Recovery Board. For over three decades he has been a member of the Democratic National Committee and was elected to its Executive Committee in 2018.

Tonio has served on numerous boards and received many honors from charitable and philanthropic organizations and educational institutions. He is on the Board of Trustees of the nonprofit NYC Police Foundation and RFK Human Rights, a nonprofit human rights advocacy organization. He also serves on the Boards of the Regional Plan Association, where he was awarded their Lifetime Leadership Award, and the NY School Construction Authority. In 2019, the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy elected Tonio as its Chair.

In 2015, Lehman College awarded Tonio an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree. He also received the NJ Alliance for Action’s President’s Award and the Citizens Union Gotham Greats Award.

Tonio Burgos’ Newsfeed

George Norcross, Others Will Keep Democratic National Committee Posts For Another Four Years

The five incumbent Democratic National Committee members from New Jersey are expected to be re-elected to new four-year terms this evening when the Democratic State Committee holds a virtual meeting to formally choose At-Large and Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The incumbents – George E. Norcross III, Marcia Marley, Tonio Burgos, John F.X. Graham and Bernadette McPherson – have no apparent opposition to their re-election bids.

Tonio Burgos’ Background

Tonio Burgos and Associates Inc.
New York, NY, USA
Tonio Burgos and Associates, Inc. has over three decades' experience in government relations and strategic business planning. The firm navigates today’s public policy and economic uncertainty to strategically address their client's business needs, by focussing on a broad array of sectors.
New York State
Director of Executive Services to Governor Mario Cuomo
Washington, DC, USA
Tonio Burgos worked for Governor Mario Cuomo for 15 years, beginning with the Governor’s service as Secretary of State in the Hugh Carey administration and continuing during his tenure as Lieutenant Governor. In 1983, Governor Mario Cuomo appointed Burgos as his Appointments Secretary and in 1984, as the Director of Executive Services.
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Current Board Positions

Regional Plan Association
Board of Directors
Apr 2011 - Present
New York, NY, USA
The RPA works to improve the prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability & quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region.


RFK / Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Board Member
New York, NY, USA
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, founded in 1968, is led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy and advocates for a more just and peaceful world. Working alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations, the RFK team includes leading attorneys, advocates, entrepreneurs and writers united by a commitment to social justice.
Association for a Better New York
Steering Committee Member
New York, NY, USA
ABNY is a non-profit organization dedicated to the constant growth and renewal of New York City’s people, businesses and communities. ABNY is a coalition of business, labor, non-profit and political leaders focused on exploring and implementing ideas that keep the city moving forward.
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Democratic National Committee
Elected Member from NJ and Member of the Executive Committee
Washington, DC, USA
The Democratic Party is the oldest party in the U.S. Democrats believe that the Unites States succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. The party is focussed on building an economy that lifts up all Americans, not just those at the top.

Awards & Endorsements

New Jersey Alliance for Action
President’s Award
Edison, NJ, USA
The Mission of the New Jersey Alliance is to improve New Jersey's economy through the promotion of capital construction and infrastructure investment.
Citizens Union
Gotham Greats Award
New York, NY, USA
Citizens Union is dedicated to reforming New York City and State government by promoting accountability, accessibility, transparency, and the highest ethical standards.
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Tonio Burgos’ Education

Lehman College
Honorary Doctor of Laws
2015 - 2015