Bronx native Marricka Scott-McFadden was appointed as the new deputy borough president on Tuesday, December 26.
Scott-McFadden, who was born in the state of Georgia, but raised in Williamsbridge, said the selection left her speechless.
“I didn’t have words at first, I just was very happy to be part of the future of the Bronx, “ said Scott-McFadden in an interview with the Bronx Times Reporter.
“I was raised in the Bronx so I’m excited about all the things going on here. For me to fold myself into that future, I was excited,” Scott-McFadden continued.
Prior to her appointment, Scott-McFadden served for 20 years in political positions and public service.
“I think sometimes the Bronx gets the short end,” Scott-McFadden explained. “We’re not always seen as an up and coming area so I definitely will be part of highlighting the Bronx on the map.”
Her political resume includes serving as the vice president of Mercury Public Affairs consulting firm, as the chief of staff for Assembly Speak Carl Heastie, and as a deputy chief clerk at the Bronx Board of Elections.
“One of the things about the Bronx and this opportunity is that it’s going to give me an opportunity to look into the things I’ve been working on throughout my career in government and bring them to the Bronx,” she added.
In 2009, Scott-McFadden was named one of City Hall News’ 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Politics.
“I think that one of my strengths is that I’ve worked behind the scenes,” Scott-McFadden explained.
“I have the ability to work with all the communities in the Bronx (because) at some point I’ve done that.”
In 2016, Scott-McFadden was listed as one of City & State’s 2016 Bronx Most Influential Persons.
“My message to the Bronx is that I will bring dedication to this position, the same dedication I bring to myself as a Bronx resident,” said Scott-McFadden.
“I’m raising a 15-year-old son who was born here, so I am going to be doing things that help families while improving the overall lifestyles in the Bronx.”
“I’m passionate about the Bronx and moving forward and I’m going to be a tool and I’ll be listening and working with the community,” McFadden added.
Scott-McFadden received her bachelor’s degree from CUNY’s Herbert H. Lehman College and her master’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration from the Metropolitan College of New York, according to a press release from the office of borough president.
“Marricka Scott-McFadden has decades of experience in both the public and private sector, and I am thrilled to welcome her voice to my administration,” said Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. in a statement.
“My staff and I look forward to working with Ms. Scott-McFadden as we continue to advance a positive transformative agenda for the Bronx.”
Marricka Scott-McFadden will officially begin serving as the deputy borough president in January 2018. She replaces Aurelia Greene, who retired from the position earlier this month.
For more information or to contact Marricka Scott-McFadden, contact the office of the borough president.