Ken Ebie is a Principal in The Raben Group’s New York office, where he brings deep experience in stakeholder engagement and campaign management, and an extensive knowledge of state and local government affairs. He combines the attention to detail that he learned as a corporate attorney with a keen ability to connect the dots, leveraging extensive relationships in government and the media & entertainment industry in support of our corporate, nonprofit, and foundation clients.
Prior to joining Raben, Ken served as Deputy General Counsel and Director of External Affairs at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where he directed legislative affairs and established partnerships with various stakeholders in support of New York’s $9 billion media and entertainment industry. In this role, Ken launched citywide initiatives to expand access to cultural programming and career opportunities in the industry, including the first-ever “Made in NY” Media Summit focused on diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. Ken also spearheaded the development and implementation of NYC Film Green, the first government-sponsored program for environmentally sustainable television and film production in the U.S.
Ken previously served as Special Counsel at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, and as the campaign manager and legal counsel for the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, providing policy and strategic advice that led to a historic victory over a 23-year incumbent. Ken started his career as a practicing attorney at the New York City offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP.
Ken has been recognized by Brooklyn Magazine as one of their “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” and by the Council of Urban Professionals as a “CUP Catalyst.” He holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he currently serves as a member of the Alumni Executive Committee and a member of the NYC Steering Committee. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Cameroon, where he was also a semi-professional basketball player. A native Chicagoan, Ken remains a die-hard Bulls and Cubs fan.