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Chief Government Affairs Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Region: New York City

Committee(s): Strategic Planning, Advocacy (Chair)

Thomas P. Schuler is the longtime Chief Government Affairs Officer for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, serving as special counselor to the Museum’s President on matters relating to government. He leads strategic planning for government affairs efforts, establishing and cultivating ongoing relationships with government officials at City Hall and in Albany and Washington, D.C. He has been with The Met since 2000.  

Mr. Schuler was for several years the elected Democratic District Leader representing the neighborhoods of Chelsea, the Flatiron District, Madison Square, and Rose Hill. He held that position for 10 years and was recognized for his neighborhood and community activism.

Mr. Schuler is longtime member of the Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats of Manhattan, for which he is a former executive board member. He has played key roles in the campaigns of many of the City’s leading LGBT officials, including State Senator Tom Duane, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, and New York State Court of Appeals Judge Paul Feinman, as well as Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Lynn Kotler, Paul Goetz, and Anthony Cannataro, in their campaigns for Civil Court Judge.

Before joining The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mr. Schuler served as Chief of Staff to former State Senator and now New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, as well as Tom Duane when he was a member of the New York City Council. He was also the Bronx Director for former State Senator Franz S. Leichter.

Born and raised in Rockland County, NY, Mr. Schuler received his B.A. in political science at SUNY Purchase before doing graduate work in secondary education at SUNY New Paltz and Iona College. He also studied international government and politics at Ealing College in London. Before beginning his career in government, Mr. Schuler taught social studies.

Some of his other affiliations include serving as a former member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson Guild, a community-based organization located in Chelsea that provides a wide range of services to young people, seniors, and those most in need, and as a member of the Chelsea Waterside Park Association and Chelsea Garden Club.

Mr. Schuler resides in Harlem with his partner, Terence Cho, and together they enjoy cooking and entertaining, traveling, dining out, and planning for their annual holiday open house.

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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