Melissa DeRosa aka Melissa Dina DeRosa was born on September 29, 1982, and from New York, USA, she is Andrew Cuomo’s top aide and the most powerful appointed official in the state.
DeRosa is the first woman to hold that position, and one of the youngest, recently she apologized to Democratic lawmakers privately for withholding the state’s nursing home death toll from COVID-19.
Furthermore, she told them “we froze” out of fear that the true numbers would “be used against us” by federal prosecutors, then in the conference call, DeRosa said governor’s office officials “froze” after then-President Donald Trump turned the pandemic into “a giant political football” and began tweeting about the state’s shoddy handling.
She reportedly said “He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” and added, “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”
Then, she said “And basically, we froze,” and told, “Because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation.” Later, she added, “That played a very large role in this.”
Derosa continued “So we do apologize, I do understand the position that you were put in. I know that it is not fair. It was not our intention to put you in that political position with the Republicans.”
Who is Melissa DeRosa?
She was introduced to politics by her father at the age of 8, DeRosa is the daughter of prominent longtime lobbyist Giorgio DeRosa who is a partner at Albany lobbying firm Bolton-St. Johns.
She along with her father began going door to door while he was campaigning for former Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Democrat. Then, at the age of 16, she worked as an Intern with the ALF-CIO and worked for former Sen. Hillary Clinton’s political action committee for a summer job.
DeRosa attended Albany Academy for Girls, during that time she along with her friend, Elise Stefanik now a New York Congresswoman, lobbied the administration to install a snack machine so that it bring some revenue.
In her career, she served in the Attorney General’s office as Deputy Chief of Staff and as an Acting Chief of Staff, where she led the office’s effort to negotiate and pass the country’s aggressive prescription drug reform package, I-STOP. Later, she worked as New York State Director of Organizing for America.
Also, DeRosa served as President Obama’s National Political action organization and worked on several political and policy campaigns. In 2013, she joined the New York state administration as communications director and was promoted two years later to the chief of staff. In 2017, she rose to the level of a secretary to the governor.
With the help of Governor Cuomo DeRosa, she steers statewide policies including the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, and expanded insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization and egg freezing.
How old is Melissa Dina DeRosa? She was born on September 29, 1982, and from New York, USA, she is 39 years old as of 2021.
She was born to Giorgia DeRosa (Father) and Melody A. DeRosa (Mother).
Talking about her education she earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and labor relations and a Master’s Degree in Public Leadership Forum NetWork of the Democratic National Committee.
She is married to Matt Wing who was a Cuomo press secretary, the couple first met in 2013 when Ms. DeRosa was Governor Cuomo’s communications director.
Matt Wing is 37 years old served for Uber in Manhattan, he is the son of Audrey Strauss and John R. Wing.
Her Net Worth is $600K USD as of 2021. She stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 52KG.