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Maura Keaney / 2010 Top 40 Under 40

Age 35 Place of Birth Tipperary, Ireland Where you live Morningside Heights First Job Handing out After Eight mints on an Aer Lingus flight, at 6 years old. What it taught me Always be nice to flight attendants, and anyone with After Eight mints. Status Married Family Mark Guma, spouse. Son Max Charles, almost 2. Three things people would be surprised to know about me 1. I'm a Mets fan by birth, and New Orleans Saints fan by marriage - they even featured in my wedding vows! 2. I count New York City as my first real love. My heart still skips a beat when flying into the city and seeing all this. 3. A big Harry Potter fan, I went to those midnight book release parties (but I never dressed up!) Best advice you could give someone starting out Do something you believe in, and that makes you happy.

Maura Keaney was born in Tipperary town, and came to the states at eight years old. Since attending Barnard College, Keaney has been active in New York democratic campaigns and progressive causes, including the effort to allow gays and lesbians to march openly in the St Patrick's Day Parade. From 2002 to 2006, Keaney was state political director for the garment and laundry workers union. From 2006 to 2009, she served as deputy chief of staff to Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Keaney helped run voter contact efforts for Mayor Mike Bloomberg's successful re-election campaign, and has recently joined the Department of Education.

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