Audrey Gelman is an American businessperson, political staffer, and the founder of The Wing, a female-focused co-working space and social club founded in New York City in 2016.
Gelman began her career in politics, working as a press secretary for New York City Comptroller John Liu. She also worked for then-New York Governor David Patterson and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. During her time in politics, Gelman earned the nickname “the mayor of Williamsburg” for her work in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood.
Gelman was the inspiration for the character Marnie, played by Allison Williams on HBO’s hit show Girls. The show was created by Lena Dunham and executive produced by Gelman’s longtime friend, Jenni Konner.
In 2016, Gelman founded The Wing, a female-focused co-working space and social club. The Wing was created to create an empowering space for women to connect and explore their interests. The company has expanded to 14 locations across the United States and has over 10,000 members.
In 2018, Gelman was named to the “40 under 40” list by Crain’s New York Business. She was also named a “Woman to Watch” by Adweek in 2019.
Gelman has been a vocal advocate for female empowerment. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of female entrepreneurship, workplace equality, and the importance of creating spaces for women to connect and support each other. She has appeared on the cover of Elle Magazine and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.