Labor and Employment Attorney, Collective Bargaining, Grievances, Hearing Officer, Administrative Hearings and Arbitrations, Mediator, Internal Investigator, In-House Counselor, Compliance and Risk Manager, Project Manager, Policymaker, Budget and Operations Manager, Chief of Staff
-The Graduate Center, City University of New York-
Executive Director of Institutional Equity
May 2019 – Present
Investigates complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, retaliation, conflicts of interest and related matters, and reports findings in accordance with federal, state and city laws and applicable CUNY policies;
Counsels members of the GC community (staff, faculty, and students) on complex equal opportunity and affirmative action issues;
Serves as the Ethics Officer for The Graduate Center, School of Journalism, Macaulay Honors College,
The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism;
Serves as the Title IX Coordinator for The Graduate Center and Macaulay Honors College;
Participates in policy development and oversight of the GC's approach to the prevention of and response to discriminatory behaviors;
Develops and presents educational programs about discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, equal opportunity, diversity, Enough ls Enough, ethics and related topics;
Assists in the development and supervision of on-going training, education materials, resource guides and communications related to Title IX, Title VII and related policies and procedures;
-City University of New York-
University Director of HR Investigations
Jun 2013 – May 2019
Investigated allegations of discrimination, sexual misconduct and other employment related improprieties lodged against senior University executives
Handled employee grievances, negotiated settlements and informal resolutions
Mediated employee grievances, negotiated contracts
Drafted and updated University’s Investigation Manual for Chief Diversity Officers and Title IX Coordinators
Drafted and counseled on University’s policies related to employment
Developed, implemented, and oversaw multi-faceted training for effectively conducting and documenting investigations
Oversaw OHRM’s budget and the operations of Vice Chancellor’s Executive Office
Oversaw University’s Workplace Violence Prevention Policy
-New York City Law Department-
Assistant Corporation Counsel
Sep 2007 – Jun 2013
Represented the City of New York and its agencies in all affirmative and defensive litigation arising out of the City’s role as the employer of more than a quarter-million workers.
Successfully litigated a broad range of employment and civil rights matters including claims concerning the First Amendment free speech rights of municipal employees, claims of discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the State and City Human Rights Laws.
-U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission-
May 2006 – Jul 2006
Conducted legal research and writing related to employment discrimination and federal practice issues.
Interviewed claimants, attended depositions and court conferences.
Analyzed documents and participated in outreach projects.
Assisted attorneys and investigators in investigating and analyzing charges of discrimination.
-Southern District of New York-
Judicial Extern, Chambers of Honorable Ronald L. Ellis
Jan 2006 – May 2006
Screened, reviewed, and analyzed cases.
Conducted legal research.
Wrote legal memoranda.
Communicated with counsel and other court personnel.
Attended pretrial conferences, settlement conferences and oral arguments.
-U.S. Senator Jon S. Corzine’s Office-
Legislative Intern, Immigration Liaison Department
Assisted staff with resolving constituents’ immigration related issues.
Followed up constituents’ inquiries with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad.
-Seton Hall University, School of Law-
Research Assistant to Tristin Green, Professor of Law
Jun 2005 – Sep 2005
Researched, analyzed and summarized federal legislation, legislative history of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and law review articles on employment discrimination for Work Culture and Discrimination, 93 Cal. L. Rev. 623 (2005).
Program Associate, Human Rights Education Program
Jul 2003 – Aug 2005
Conducted research for the HRE newsletter, Article 26 and ongoing projects for the HRE Program.
Prepared lesson plans, workshops and training materials for HRE network educators throughout the US.
Provided assistance to Amnesty International members by organizing seminars on human rights initiatives.
Coordinated the Steering Committee meetings and community outreach initiatives.
Hired and managed HRE Program’s interns.