The New York State Senate confirmed Lily M. Fan as a new Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority just prior to recessing their legislative session in June. Commissioner Fan joins Chairman Bradley and Commissioner Ford as Members of the State Liquor Authority filling all three seats on the Full Board for the first time in two years.
Commissioner Fan is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. She was born in Hong Kong and speaks fluent Cantonese. She is a New York City resident and was appointed a member of Community Board 4 in Manhattan in 2015. She served as the Community Board’s Co-Secretary from 2016 to 2017.
Ms. Fan was previously a lawyer at the law firms of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP, specializing in white-collar criminal litigation and securities class actions. She also served as Legislative Counsel in the New York State Senate in 2010. Ms. Fan founded Scandobean Productions LLC, a theatrical and film production company, in 2010. She also has a real estate business and mediates family, entertainment, and other contract disputes.
Ms. Fan is a Tony-nominated and Oliver-nominated theatre and documentary film producer. She is currently supporting numerous Broadway productions. She was recently represented on Broadway in the new plays Chinglish and Hand to God, and the revivals of Jesus Christ Superstar and Love Letters.
Ms. Fan is deeply committed to public service and has an extensive history of community involvement. She’s a Member of the Board of Advisors at the Yale School of Drama. She serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the Lark Play Development Center. She is the Treasurer to the Board of Directors of The Lilly Awards. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee. She is also a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and she serves as a trustee to both her parents’ charitable foundations.
Commissioner Fan’s diverse background will bring a unique perspective to the State Liquor Authority. In her brief stint on the Board to date, she has already joined with Commissioner Ford to impose a lesser fine on a retail licensee than Chairman Bradley proposed (this is why it matters to have three Commissioners) and has asked insightful questions to get to the nub of the issues before the Full Board.