Luis R. Burgos, Jr.
First Deputy Commissioner, New York Division of Human Rights

Luis R. Burgos, Jr. is an attorney with extensive experience in city government and civil rights issues.

In May 2008, Governor David A. Paterson appointed Mr. Burgos to serve as First Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Human Rights. As the second in command in the agency, Mr. Burgos is responsible for preparing and supervising agency administrative policy. He also represents the Commissioner on various intergovernmental committees in negotiation with State legislators and in negotiations with employee unions.

Prior to joining the Division, Mr. Burgos served as Deputy Commissioner with the New York City Department of Correction (NYCDOC), where he focused on equal employment opportunity issues, and assisted in the development of training for supervisors, managers and personnel.

From 1986 to 1994, Mr. Burgos was employed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in various capacities, including Chief Administrator of the Impartial Hearing Office, Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, and Deputy Inspector General. He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Burgos holds a law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was the Staff Editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University. In addition, Mr. Burgos is a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.