Capalino Announces Promotions to Experienced Team


Capalino is proud to have exceptionally talented and driven people on our team. That’s why we are pleased to announce the promotion of Kristin Palmason to Vice President of Compliance and Safeena Mecklai to Associate Vice President.  This recognition is a testament to their hard work, knowledge and exceptional ability to support our clients.  We are committed to providing the best possible services to continually meet our clients’ strategic goals.

Read on to learn more about these invaluable members of our team.  Congratulations!

Kristin PalmasonKristin Palmason

Vice President of Compliance

Since joining Capalino in 2014, Kristin has been responsible for ensuring our firm’s regulatory compliance with the Lobbying Bureau of the Office of the New York City Clerk and the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). Her expertise in due diligence, contract preparation and data management have been invaluable to our team. As the City and State continue to refine lobbying laws and requirements, Kristin is a source of support for our clients, guiding them through their own reporting obligations.

“Kristin’s personal and professional integrity, combined with her attention to detail is a rare combination and we are lucky to have her on our team. Her commitment to making our clients comfortable navigating the regulatory processes and managing our own compliance requirements has been essential to our firm’s growth.”– Brooke Schafran, Executive Vice President 

Learn More About Kristin

Safeena Mecklai

Safeena Mecklai - Special Projects AssociateAssociate Vice President

Safeena brings to our team years of experience in millennial engagement, digital organizing and community activism. At Capalino, Safeena consistently leverages her knowledge of NYC, digital strategy and community mobilization to assist clients with increasing both their social impact and their effectiveness. Since joining the firm as a Coro Fellow, and then full-time employee, Safeena has become an instrumental part of our team.

Prior to joining Capalino, Safeena served as the chief lobbyist for the University of California, Berkeley student body. In her role, she led a team in a city-wide redistricting campaign that created the nation’s first “student district,” and launched the California Public Higher Education Caucus, a Congressional caucus that advocates for California’s public higher education system at the Federal level.

In addition to being an integral part of our CSR and MWBE practices, Safeena also leads the team responsible for the development of digital media strategies that help our clients achieve their political, business, and community mobilization goals.

“Safeena has been instrumental in the development and growth of the MWBE Consulting Group. Her commitment to equitable procurement, as well as her unique ideas and strategic thinking have helped many MWBE business achieve success in New York City. Congratulations, Safeena! ” – Tunisha W. Walker, Senior Vice President

Learn More About Safeena

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