|Laurie Cumbo Quick Info
|5 ft 4 in
|Date of Birth
|February 21, 1975
|Bobby Digi Olisa
Laurie Cumbo is an American politician and administrator who served as a member of the New York City Council from January 2014 to December 2021, representing the 35th District (which includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Prospect Heights, portions of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Vinegar Hill). In the latter part of her term, between January 2018 and December 2021, she was the majority leader of the council. She was ineligible to run in 2021 due to term limits. In March 2022, she was appointed the commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, a department of the government of New York City that is dedicated to supporting New York City’s cultural life. She is the founder and the first executive director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, a museum of contemporary art located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York City. It is the first museum of its kind to have been opened in New York.
Laurie Angela Cumbo
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Laurie had attended the Brooklyn Technical High School, an elite magnet school (American public school with specialized courses) that specializes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. After her high school graduation, she had joined Spelman College, a private, historically black, women’s liberal arts college in Atlanta, Georgia.
She had graduated from there with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in fine arts. She had then enrolled herself in the New York University, a private research university in New York City. She had graduated from there with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in visual arts administration.
- Father – Wilkins Cumbo
- Mother – Beverly Cumbo (Opera Singer)
- Siblings – Her brother is a gallery owner.
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
66 kg or 145.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Laurie has dated –
- Bobby Digi Olisa – Laurie’s long-term boyfriend and political activist Bobby Digi Olisa had created global headlines in May 2022 when he had proposed to her at the Met Gala, an annual fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of African-American descent.
- Diminutive, mildly stocky frame
- Ever-changing hairstyle
- Radiant face
- Affable smile
Laurie Cumbo Facts
- Laurie, based on her studies at the New York University and inspiration from a trip to Bilbao, Spain, founded the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA) in 1999.
- She had stated in an interview that she was motivated by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, which had created a whole economy for that city after its shipping industry had collapsed. She felt that she could replicate the idea in Brooklyn.
- In 2012, the museum received a USD 100,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation (an American private charitable organization in New York City) to pay for a 2-year program that could bring monthly concerts to public spaces in NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) establishments in and around the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn that could draw crowds of up to 500 people.
Featured Image by Laurie Cumbo / Instagram