Larry Scott Blackmon is an extremely active and influential member of the community. Professionally, Larry (or LSB as he is also known) is CEO of The Blackmon Organization, a full service Government Affairs, Public Relations, Lobbying and Entertainment firm. Larry represents clients who wish to know New York City’s influencers, power brokers and community leaders.
Prior to starting his form, Larry served as Vice President of Public Affairs at FreshDirect, the leading e-commerce grocer in the Northeast. At FreshDirect, Larry lead the division, expanding current partnerships, cultivating new relationships, managing government affairs, running FreshDirect’s CSR program and serving as a key company spokesman.
Larry has nearly 20 years of public service, community development and government experience. He joined FreshDirect from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation where he served as the Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach.
Larry is a former candidate for New York City Council and has worked with a number of New York City’s elected officials, serving in the administrations of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Additionally, Blackmon has worked with former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, former New York City Council Speakers Christine Quinn and Gifford Miller. He has also worked with many federal and state representatives, serving on the staffs of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during her 2000 Senate campaign.
Larry served as Senior Manager of Public Affairs for the New York Jets of the National Football league where he was instrumental in developing a landmark M/WBE agreement for the New York Sports and Convention Center (NYSCC). While the NYSCC was not developed, the M/WBE agreement served as a blueprint for many other development projects.
Larry earned a B.A. in Communications and Black Studies from the State University of New York College at New Paltz. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School’s Executive Leadership program at Harvard University. Larry is an alum of the Coro Leadership New York program and a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society. Larry is president of the New York State Association of Parliamentarians. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, the first Black Greek Letter Organization established in the United States, and is President of the Harlem Chapter.
For the years 2016 – 2018, Larry was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful community leaders in the Bronx and has been named as of the “40 under 40” people to watch in both the Network Journal and City and State publications.
In 2018, Larry and twenty five other men of color jointly co-authored the “Suited for Success” book, a guide for achieving personal success. He is a member of 100 Black Men of New York, and is a Past Master of Joppa Lodge #55, Prince Hall Masons of the State of New York. Larry is a substitute adjunct professor for former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and has taught the Mayor’s Public Affairs course at Columbia University. Larry also serves Metropolitan College of New York as an adjunct professor teaching Intergovernmental Relations, Non-Profit Management and Marketing, collaborative leadership and Introduction to Public Administration classes.