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About Gail Markels

“After the 2016 elections, sitting back was not an option for me. I felt a need to shape the future of our community and ensure that New Castle continues to be a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I began my career in public service as a prosecutor with a 100% conviction rate and then worked as an attorney specializing in state and local government affairs for several industries. I believe my background will allow me to become an effective town board member.”

Gail is the Founder and President of Markels Strategies, a company that provides legal services, trade association management services and government affairs advice to trade associations and businesses.

Immediately prior, Gail was the General Counsel and Senior Vice President for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), where she was one of three founding employees. She created the ESA’s state and local government affairs program, developed the legal underpinnings for the ESA, provided legal services for E#, a multimillion-dollar trade show and managed litigation. Specializing in industry self-regulation, she drafted the rules and regulations of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, the video game industry’s rating certification system, the Advertising Code and Privacy Certification Program. 

Before joining ESA, Gail served as Vice President of State Government Affairs and Counsel to the film industry’s rating system.

Gail and her husband, Richard Young have lived in Chappaqua for over twenty five years. They have two children that have graduated from the Chappaqua School system. She is a member of the Chappaqua Garden Club.


Gail Markels Candidate for Town Council, Democratic Party

Gail Markels

Candidate for Town Council, Democratic Party



CANDIDATE for town board

Gail Markels

Gail brings to the ticket wisdom, compassion, and a deep understanding of negotiation, mediation and solution-building. Gail's impressive and varied background encompasses criminal law, technology, renewable energy and the entertainment industry. Her exceptional educational experience and vast expertise in governmental relations has prepared her for public service.



Juris Doctor

Bachelor of Science, Industrial & Labor Relations

Activities & Affiliations

• Chappaqua Garden Club

Bar Admissions

• New York