New York City’s First Nightlife Mayor Ariel Palitz to Join Oaktree Solutions

Marina Gallardo
December 22, 2023

Palitz will deploy her significant experience to support clients in a range of hospitality and related industries

Global public affairs strategy firm Oaktree Solutions today announced the addition of Ariel Palitz to their dynamic and fast-growing team.

Palitz, who earlier this year completed her role as the founding director for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Nightlife, will become Oaktree’s Managing Director of Hospitality and Intergovernmental Affairs. In that role, she will deploy her significant experience to support clients in a range of hospitality and related industries.

“Ariel is a force to be reckoned with, and we are fortunate she is joining us on our mission to create a world-class team of experts who are reducing complexity to deliver public affairs strategies that work,” said Oaktree Solutions Founder and Chairman Frank Carone. “Our team is looking forward to working alongside Ariel as she applies her extensive expertise to support our clients.”

Palitz was appointed head of the Office of Nightlife in 2018 by former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and she quickly became known as the city’s first “nightlife mayor.” She continued to serve under Mayors Adams until 2023. In that role, she used her experience as a former nightclub owner and community board member to create the infrastructure for a new government office, identify systemic challenges and develop non-enforcement solutions. Importantly, she also successfully navigated the hospitality industry through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Palitz is globally recognized as a pioneer and ambassador of the nighttime governance movement and for creating internationally adopted common-sense solutions addressing enforcement, safety, harm reduction, quality of life, community-government relations, licensing and permitting, equity and crisis management. 

“I am very excited to join Frank and the entire Oaktree team to build effective strategies for meaningful projects with challenging issues,” said Palitz. “My passion is finding mutually beneficial solutions – and I know Oaktree is the best place to do that good work.”

Ariel Palitz is also independently working as the Nightlife Advisor for the NYC Hospitality Alliance to continue her work supporting and galvanizing the industry. 

About Oaktree Solutions

Oaktree Solutions is a public affairs firm that specializes in reducing complexity to deliver strategies that work. We help our clients succeed by offering services in issue advocacy and market positioning, litigation support, crisis management, government relations strategy, business development consulting, C-suite problem-solving, and equity and sustainability consulting. You can find more information on our website.


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