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Lilliam Barrios-Paoli is a former New York City government employee.

Life and educationEdit

Barrios-Paoli has a baccalaureate degree from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Masters and Ph.D. degree in Cultural and Urban Anthropology from the New School of Social Research. She has taught at the City University of New York, Hunter College, and the Bank Street College of Education in New York City, and Rutgers University and Montclair State College in New Jersey.


Under Rudolph Giuliani, Barrios-Paoli was the City's Commissioner of the Human Resources Administration. She was forced out of the post due to her criticism of moves made by the administration.[1]

In 2008 Barrios-Paoli served as Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Commissioner for Aging where she oversaw the city's programs for the elderly.[2]

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio appointed Barrios-Paoli his deputy mayor for health and human services on December 12, 2013.[3] She resigned in September 2015 to become the volunteer chairwoman of the board of the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation—which runs the city’s public hospitals.[4] This announcement came during an ongoing crisis of New York City's homelessness (an area of the Deputy Mayor's purview) and increased media scrutiny of the administration's policies.[5]


  1. ^ "Mayor Moves Agency Heads From 2 Posts In His Cabinet". New York Times. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Bloomberg Names Commissioner for Aging". New York Times. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  3. ^ "De Blasio Picks Bloomberg Official as Social Services Chief". New York Times. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Mayor de Blasio's Aide on Homeless Is Resigning Amid Crisis". New York Times. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Advocates surprised by departure of deputy mayor for health". Politico New York. Retrieved 3 September 2015.