Wilmington City Council appoints new Chief of Staff during Regular Meeting

Thursday, October 20, 2022
Wilmington City Council appoints new Chief of Staff during Regular Meeting
Wilmington, DE – City Council President Ernest “Trippi” Congo II made the motion to appoint Mona A. Parikh, Esq. as City Council’s Chief of Staff on Thursday, October 20, 2022, during Wilmington City Council’s regular meeting. Through a resolution sponsored by President Congo, City Council voted 11-yeas and 1-absent for Parikh to fill the Chief of Staff position that was left vacant in February of this year.

“Mona A. Parikh has valuable experience in municipal government leadership,” said President Congo. “She brings a strong knowledge of Delaware and city government to this important role.  We are excited to have her on the team and we look forward to working with her to strengthen the essential work of the Council as we advance the interests of individuals in all Council Districts of our city.”

Parikh has spent the greater part of the past decade as a co-founder and in several notable business development roles. In 2012, she helped galvanize Delaware’s startup ecosystem when she served as Managing Director of Start It Up Delaware which, among other things, facilitated the opening of Delaware’s first major coworking space and hub for entrepreneurs. For the past nine years, she has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship program and was recently (February 2022) invited to serve as a Mentor and an Adjunct Instructor for the National Science Foundation’s iCorps Program via their Northeast Regional Hub at Princeton University. In 2020 and 2016, Parikh was selected to represent Delaware as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention.

In 2020, Parikh was asked to serve on Governor John Carney’s Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund Council, and in 2017, she was asked to serve on the entrepreneurship sub-committee of the transition team for New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. Additionally, in 2017 Parikh served on an economic development task force at the request of Governor Carney pursuant to his very first executive order. Prior to her business development and startup-ecosystem-building life, Parikh was a corporate restructuring lawyer in Wilmington, Delaware. She earned her law degree from the Delaware Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware. 

To view the Regular Meeting of Wilmington City Council in its entirety, visit the link here.

To read the resolution appointing Parikh as the Chief of Staff for the 108th Council Session, visit the link here.

Yesenia Taveras
Director of Communications,
 Wilmington City Council
Cell: (302) 757-5748
Email: ytaveras@wilmingtonde.gov
City Council Website: www.wilmingtoncitycouncil.com
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