Ninfa has more than 40 years of experience in city government, education reform, community-based organizing, not profit management and cultural institutions. Her primary portfolio is to represent healthcare and human services institutions..
Additionally, she prepares and monitors the firm’s minority certifications for New York City, New York State, New Jersey and NY/NJ Port Authority.
Prior to joining Tonio Burgos & Associates, Ninfa worked as the Executive Director for the New York City Police Museum, where she fostered better police-community relations and developed programming to honor NYPD’s 9.11 legacy.
She participated in an arts task force charged with developing marketing plans for downtown museums after 9/11.
Ninfa served as Vice President for Intercampus Collaboration, CUNY, to foster the integration of plans to enhance partnership programs between colleges. Also, she worked on promoting public school-college collaborations and responsible for expanding outreach to the NYC public school system
In 1993, Mayor Rudy Giuliani appointed Ninfa as Deputy Mayor for Education and Human Services and was reappointed in 1998. She supervised and coordinated the activities of various agencies and departments concerned with youth, aging, education, disabilities, homelessness, and the NYC Housing Authority. She maintained a liaison function with the NYC School Construction Authority and CUNY.
Ninfa served from 1990 to 2002 as a member of NYC Board of Education. In April 2002, she was elected as President, this followed some of the most critical times facing the system, including the transition to mayoral control and the aftermath of the 9.11 attack. She served as Trustee of the NYC Board of Education Retirement System and the NYC Teacher’s Retirement System.
Ninfa has served in various capacities in the Mayor Ed Koch Administration such as NYC Department of Employment, Mayor’s Office of Person with Disabilities, New York City Elections Project, and Executive Director of the NYC Voter Assistance Commission.
Ninfa has, and is, active on many not for profit boards, including Battery Park City Community Response Team, Loisaida, Inc, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, National Puerto Rican Coalition, Brilla Charter School, and NY Organ Donor Network.
Ninfa served as a trustee for St. Francis College and Fashion Institute of Technology.
Ninfa holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University, a Juris Doctor from New York Law School, a Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Law form Dowling College and currently pursing Masters of Urban Ministry.