Mike Klein, Founder & President
A distinguished strategic leader with a keen sense of identifying and mitigating risks and who has helped the organizations and leaders he has served thrive, Mike founded Urban Strategies to be a full-service government affairs and strategic services firm. Designed to be nimble, the Urban team is deep in its understanding of the nexus between government, business, and politics. Mike proudly ensures the firm’s ability to provide fundamental situational awareness to its clients with services needed to develop all the necessary strategies, tactics, and partnerships to navigate the regulatory and political spheres to ensure the client’s goals are accomplished.
Mike’s career spans more than thirty years in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. A problem solver and advocate by nature, Mike served in variety of trusted staff positions for a prestigious list of New York elected officials, including Congressman Charles Rangel, Councilman Stan Michels, and Governor Mario Cuomo, both in his Administration as Governor and as a personal aide for more than a decade following his tenure as Governor. Mike also served as Deputy County Executive in Nassau County for Tom Suozzi, Deputy Director of the NY/NJ Office of Drug Control Policy under President Clinton’s Drug Czar and as a Chief in the City of New York Parks & Recreation Department. He also worked for the Parks Council, where he designed and ran the Parks 2001 campaign, one of the largest advocacy efforts in NYC history, comprised of more than 1,000 business and community groups.
After his notable roles in public life, Mike was a Principal at Dentons US LLP, a global law firm with offices in 60 Countries, where he led the Public Policy team in the NY office. In this role, Mike worked on local, regional, and national issues, and provided government affairs counsel to leaders in the fields of infrastructure, aviation, community development, real estate, energy, transportation, telecommunications, technology, parks/open space, and public safety.
As recognition for his service, Mike has received numerous awards. Notably, he was named to the Power 100 New York City list by City & State Magazine in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, he was named to City & State’s Responsible 100 list in recognition of his work in the community and on the Boards he serves, which include the NYC League of Conservation Voters, Governors Island Alliance, Hunter College Library Foundation, Wellness in the Schools, and NY Midnight Basketball.
Mike attended Canisius College in Buffalo and is a graduate of Hunter College in New York City. Additionally, he finished top of his class from the New York City Leadership Institute. A proud, lifelong New Yorker, basketball player, skier, and enthusiastic traveler, Mike resides on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with his wife. Together, they have three adult children and a rescue dog named Coco.
Team of Partners
Our clients have access to an experienced team of experts and strategic partners that amplify our firm's ability to deliver value for them.
Legal Team: Christian DiPalermo, MarksDiPalermo PLLC (https://marksdipalermo.com)
Communications and Earned Media: Evan Thies, Pythia Public (https://www.pythiapublic.com)
Real Estate, Planning and Finance: Margaret Tobin, M.Tobin (https://mtobinco.com)
Zoning and Land Use: Caroline Harris, Goldman and Harris LLC (https://goldmanharris.com)
Government Affairs in New Jersey: Joe Fiordaliso, NorthStar Strategies (https://northstarstrategiesllc.com)
Our alliance with these firms and individuals acts as a force multiplier for our clients in critical issue areas across the Tri-State Area.