QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. announced the appointment of Chris Barca as his new Director of Communications effective today, January 24. Barca succeeds Breeana Mulligan, Borough President Richards’ first Director of Communications, who has departed Queens Borough Hall to explore other professional opportunities. 

As the Director of Communications, Barca is charged with advancing Borough President Richards’ vision through the development and execution of effective external outreach strategies, managing relationships with members of the news media, including Queens’ expansive array of ethnic media, and building public confidence in the Office of the Queens Borough President’s ability to effectuate positive change in communities across the borough. 

Joining Barca, Press Officer Michael Scholl and Digital Manager Shameela Ramprasad in the Communications Department in the coming weeks is Angelica Acevedo, who will assume Barca’s former Press Officer position. Acevedo comes to the Office of the Queens Borough President from the Queens Courier, where she currently serves as Digital Editor. 

“Chris Barca is a talented communications professional who has demonstrated a high level of dedication to the important work of this administration, as well as the overall health and well-being of our borough. I look forward to his leadership and the continued success of the entire Communications Department as Queens’ historic comeback advances into 2022 and beyond,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “In a little more than one year, our administration has achieved so much for the families of Queens, and Breeana Mulligan has been instrumental in that success. An exemplary public servant and friend, Breeana will be deeply missed at Queens Borough Hall. I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors and thank her for all she has done to uplift The World’s Borough.” 

“In my short time at Queens Borough Hall, I’ve been deeply impressed by the determination and drive of the Communications Department, led by Breeana and now Chris,” said Deputy Borough President YOUNG. “Both Breeana and Chris have bright futures ahead and I know they will continue to deliver results for our families for years to come.” 

“Borough President Richards has put forth a clear vision for a stronger, fairer Queens coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am deeply humbled by his confidence in me to help make his vision a reality. I couldn’t be more grateful to Breeana Mulligan for her steadfast leadership of our Communications Department over the past 13 months and I am excited to build on that success going forward,” said Chris Barca, Director of Communications

About Chris Barca 

A veteran of the Queens Borough President’s Office spanning three administrations, Chris Barca joined the Communications Department in September 2018. In his time at Queens Borough Hall, he has authored two State of the Borough addresses, including Borough President Richards’ 2021 State of the Borough address, among other accomplishments. Prior to joining the Queens Borough President’s Office, he was an Editor at the Queens Chronicle for five years, winning numerous New York Press Association awards for his community journalism. Born and raised in Connecticut, he graduated from St. John’s University in 2013 and currently lives in Flushing with his wife. 

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