Management

Management 

Steve Farbman

Chairman/CEO

In 2013, Steve Farbman was approached by his friend Tom Allon with an opportunity to invest in City & State. The two had worked together more than a decade earlier when Steve was CEO of News Communications, a publisher of 23 weekly newspapers and Tom was the publisher of its Manhattan-based properties.

Previous to that Steve was chief operating officer at American Lawyer Media, where he spent more than 15 years managing a variety of properties, including newspapers, magazines, books, newsletters and live events. Since 2003, Steve has owned and serves as CEO of Touchpoint Media, a custom content and marketing agency serving clients ranging from Fortune 1000 companies to amateur sports associations. Throughout his career Steve has leaned on his journalism degree from The George Washington University to successfully balance the content and creative aspects of publishing with the marketing and business elements.

After raising their two children in Chappaqua, Steve and his wife, Eileen, recently moved back to Manhattan.

Tom Allon

President/Publisher

Tom Allon, a native of the upper West Side of Manhattan, is the president and CEO of City & State, a company he founded a decade ago.

Tom has over three decades of experience in New York’s media world, both on the publishing and editorial side of the business. He started his career in 1986 as the editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper, The West Side Spirit, which won a number of awards for investigative reporting during his tenure. He then became the publisher and vice president of a public media company, News Communications, which owned 23 publications in the metropolitan area and Washington, D.C. He was involved in the creation of the daily Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill, which became the inspiration for City & State. He also spent a decade building a private media company, Manhattan Media, which owned AVENUE magazine, Dan’s Papers, New York Family, five weekly newspapers in Manhattan and City & State.

In 2013, after a brief foray into politics, he privatized City & State with partner Steve Farbman and has now led the company’s expansion around the state and into Pennsylvania. Tom has also been an educator, first as an English and journalism teacher at his alma mater, Stuyvesant High School, in the mid-1980s and then more recently as an adjunct professor of journalism at Hunter College.

Tom, a graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, lives in Brooklyn Heights and is the proud father of three millennial children.

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Derek Evers

Digital Director

As digital director, Derek oversees the editorial direction and content management of City & State’s website as well as its social media channels, and assists in the business development of City & State’s digital platforms companywide.

Prior to joining City & State in 2017, Derek was the founder and publisher of Impose Magazine, an editor at Golf Digest and Fader magazine, and a contributing writer for Vice, Gothamist, AOL and more. Derek is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and calls Queens his home, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Jasmin Freeman

Vice President of Strategy

As City & State’s vice president of strategy, Jasmin is responsible for working with the executive team to define and manage the organization's strategic business goals. Working across all divisions on various initiatives, Jasmin plays a key role in driving revenue company-wide, long-term planning and new business initiatives.

Jasmin has been with City & State for over six years, working in many departments, including accounting, sales and events. As the events director, she increased the quality and frequency of events and grew revenue, making events one of the company's top-performing divisions. Her unique understanding of the business and media industries has helped her quickly advance throughout her tenure.

Jasmin is a New York native, born and raised in Eastern Long Island. She graduated with a B.S. in management and organizational behavior from NYU’s Stern School of Business. She currently resides in Brooklyn.

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Jon Lentz

Editor-in-Chief

As editor-in-chief, Jon manages the editorial team, edits print and online stories, works with freelance reporters and edits the morning First Read email. Jon also develops and moderates panel discussions and conducts live one-on-one interviews for City & State’s many events. When he has time, Jon continues to report and write for the magazine.

A Nebraska native, Jon graduated from Macalester College with a degree in linguistics. After a stint at a weekly Twin Cities newspaper, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, spending two years teaching English in a small Transylvanian town. He came to New York to study at Columbia University, where he earned two master's degrees in journalism. He then interned with Reuters in Washington, D.C., and in New York City. He has been on the City & State staff since January 2011. He and his wife, Annie, live in Astoria, Queens.

Steve Farbman

Chairman/CEO

In 2013, Steve Farbman was approached by his friend Tom Allon with an opportunity to invest in City & State. The two had worked together more than a decade earlier when Steve was CEO of News Communications, a publisher of 23 weekly newspapers and Tom was the publisher of its Manhattan-based properties.

Previous to that Steve was chief operating officer at American Lawyer Media, where he spent more than 15 years managing a variety of properties, including newspapers, magazines, books, newsletters and live events. Since 2003, Steve has owned and serves as CEO of Touchpoint Media, a custom content and marketing agency serving clients ranging from Fortune 1000 companies to amateur sports associations. Throughout his career Steve has leaned on his journalism degree from The George Washington University to successfully balance the content and creative aspects of publishing with the marketing and business elements.

After raising their two children in Chappaqua, Steve and his wife, Eileen, recently moved back to Manhattan.

Tom Allon

President/Publisher

Tom Allon, a native of the upper West Side of Manhattan, is the president and CEO of City & State, a company he founded a decade ago.

Tom has over three decades of experience in New York’s media world, both on the publishing and editorial side of the business. He started his career in 1986 as the editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper, The West Side Spirit, which won a number of awards for investigative reporting during his tenure. He then became the publisher and vice president of a public media company, News Communications, which owned 23 publications in the metropolitan area and Washington, D.C. He was involved in the creation of the daily Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill, which became the inspiration for City & State. He also spent a decade building a private media company, Manhattan Media, which owned AVENUE magazine, Dan’s Papers, New York Family, five weekly newspapers in Manhattan and City & State.

In 2013, after a brief foray into politics, he privatized City & State with partner Steve Farbman and has now led the company’s expansion around the state and into Pennsylvania. Tom has also been an educator, first as an English and journalism teacher at his alma mater, Stuyvesant High School, in the mid-1980s and then more recently as an adjunct professor of journalism at Hunter College.

Tom, a graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, lives in Brooklyn Heights and is the proud father of three millennial children.

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