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Chaudhry ’10 Lauded for Championing Diversity, Improving N.Y.’s Infrastructure

Ali Chaudhry ’10

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Ali Chaudhry ’10 received his second award in as many months on May 2, 2018, when he was recognized as one of “the country's top visionary leaders who advocate for women and promote diversity within the construction industry” at the Women Builders Council’s 14th Annual Champion Awards Dinner in New York City.

On LinkedIn, Chaudhry, who serves as Deputy Secretary for Transportation for New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ’82, said he was “honored to be recognized” with the Diversity Champion Award “by a group of some of the most talented, dedicated, and successful women nationwide.”

“These are our brilliant WBE partners who are delivering landmark construction projects in New York today,” he wrote.

Chaudhry also was honored April 7 at the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York’s 51st Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Manhattan. He received the organization’s Award of Merit for demonstrating a commitment to improving New York State’s infrastructure through policies and programs.

Chaudhry was appointed Deputy Secretary for Transportation by Gov. Cuomo in April 2017. He previously served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Assistant Counsel to the governor, with a focus on transportation and economic development. He provided counsel on priority capital projects including the LaGuardia Airport redevelopment, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Second Avenue Subway, the MTA Capital Plan, the DOT Capital Plan, the Empire Station Complex, the Broadband Initiative, and the expansion of the Javits Convention Center.

Chaudhry has also served as counsel on various economic development projects across the state, as well as alternative project delivery procurements. Prior to joining the executive chamber, Chaudhry served as Assistant Counsel in the New York State Senate, where he was counsel to several legislative committees over the course of three years. Before joining public service, Chaudhry practiced civil litigation in the private sector, focusing on employment matters.

At Albany Law School, Chaudhry was Student Bar Association president, Muslim Law Students Association vice president, executive editor of the New York State Bar Association's Government, Law and Policy Journal, and was involved with several other organizations, including the Albany Government Law Review, International Law Society, moot court program, and the Albany Chapter of Amnesty International.

He was named one of Albany’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by City & State in 2017.

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