About Candidate Jim Malatras, Ph.D.
Jim Malatras is president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, where he is leading the Institute’s modernization effort to offer policymakers evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations on timely topics. Dr. Malatras is also a volunteer instructor teaching courses in law and politics at the University at Albany.
Prior to becoming president, Dr. Malatras held several high-ranking positions in New York State government. Most recently, he served as director of state operations to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, where he managed the day-to-day operations of state government and served as the administration’s point person on policy. He previously served as deputy secretary for policy management to Governor Cuomo and as deputy director of policy on Governor Cuomo’s successful campaign for governor.
An education policy expert, Dr. Malatras served as Chief of Staff and Vice Chancellor for Policy at SUNY System Administration, as well as the executive director of the governor’s New NY Education Reform Commission from 2012-2014. Dr. Malatras also previously served as executive director of legislative affairs and state policy to Attorney General Cuomo and legislative director to former Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky.
Dr. Malatras received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University at Albany.