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The Commissioners

Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn 
Joanna Barsh 
Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez 
Katie Couric 
Stephanie A. Cuskley 
Ronnie Eldridge 
Laura Ensler 
Patricia Fili-Krushel 
Vivian Fox 
Ester R. Fuchs 
Rosa M. Gil 
Natatia L. Griffith 
Cynthia Hayes
Katherine S. Kahan 
Meryl R. Kaynard 
Nancy Kolben 
Marcia Brumit Kropf 
Ellen Levine
Carolyn Buck Luce 
Terry J. Lundgren 
Debra Martinez 
Melissa Mendez-Garcia 
Mary C. Murphree 
Maria Otero 
Merble Reagon 
Shirley Rodriguez Remeneski
Margarita Rosa 
Lynn Sherr
Marlene Springer 
Joan Steinberg 
Sally Susman 
Jeanette Takamura
Angie Wang 
Sheila Wellington 
Melinda Wolfe 


Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn is a former owner and Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc., a privately held corporation and the fourth largest Coke bottler in the United States. Prior to the bottling business, she had a long, groundbreaking and successful career in the home health-care field.
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Joanna Barsh is a Director in McKinsey & Company's New York office.  She serves as a leader of McKinsey's Consumer, Retail and Organization Practices.  Since joining the firm in 1980, Joanna has served a broad range of consumer-facing clients.  Her client experience spans mergers and acquisitions, development of corporate growth strategy, and performance and operations transformation.  She also spearheads the Centered Leadership Project and co-authored the book, How Remarkable Women Lead, published by Crown Business.
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Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez is the Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets & Engagement at AARP. Lorraine brings to this position a distinguished career in the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors that extends more than 30 years.

Most recently, she was New York's Secretary of State, the first Hispanic to serve in that role. Lorraine also served as vice president of Government and Public Affairs at Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading media, entertainment and telecommunications company.
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Katie Couric is anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and also a 60 Minutes correspondent and the anchor of CBS News primetime specials. When the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric debuted on Sept. 5, 2006, Couric became the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast.
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Stephanie Cuskley is the CEO of NPower, a national nonprofit focused on helping nonprofits across the country improve their IT and the communities they serve. Appointed in early 2009, she brings more than twenty years of diverse financial management, organizational development and leadership experience to her role.
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Ronnie Eldridge hosts Eldridge & Co, a weekly show on CUNY-TV, Channel 75. From 1989 to 2001 she served on the City Council representing the west side of Manhattan. During the seventies and eighties her public service included years as Special Assistant to Mayor John Lindsay and Deputy City Administrator, Director of Community and Government Affairs at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a member of Governor Mario Cuomo's Cabinet and Director of the Division For Women.
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Laura Ensler is a consultant to public, private and not-for-profit organizations in the field of early care and education. She provides assistance to program managers and administrators instituting change management strategies, assessment and evaluation. In addition, she facilitates and coordinates trainings and support for early care and education professionals. Prior to her consultant work, she was the Director of Community Development and Outreach for Children and Family Services of the Visiting Nurse Service (VNSNY) of New York and was the Director of VNSNY's Early Head Start Program in Rockaway, Queens.
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Patricia Fili-Krushel serves as Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal with a broad portfolio of functions reporting to her, including Media Works, Business Strategy, Human Resources and Legal.  She reports directly to Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal.
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Vivian Fox was appointed Executive Director of the 1199SEIU Employer Child Care Fund and President of the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation in January 2006. She brings over three decades of experience in creating and overseeing innovative health and social service programs, on both the local and national level.
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Ester R. Fuchs is a Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science at Columbia University. After receiving her B.A. from Queens College, C.U.N.Y., she went on to receive her MA from Brown University, followed by a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Dr. Fuchs was also appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve as Chair of the 2005 NYC Charter Revision Commission.
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Rosa M. Gil, D.S.W. is the founder, President and CEO of Comunilife, Inc. a non-for-profit community based organization. The Agency's mission is to expand access to the continuum of behavioral health care, social services and affordable housing for all New Yorkers including persons living with mental illness or HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gil has had a distinguished career in the fields of health, mental health, social services, and higher education.
Read Rosa M. Gil's Full Biography

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Natatia L. Griffith is a Commissioner, New York City Commission on Women's Issues (appointed by Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City), a newly elected Vice President, New York Women's Agenda, and a member of the Advisory Boards of Ogilvy Mather North America, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Equality Now - NYC (human trafficking focused).
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Cynthia Hayes is President and Founder of Hayes Strategies, an independent consulting firm focused on strategic leadership development. Since 1993 Ms. Hayes has brought a combination of strategic vision and operational savvy to her clients, helping them develop the strategies, leadership strengths, and operational structures needed to respond to changing market conditions, maximize new opportunities, and manage transitions.
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Katherine S. Kahan is a member of the board of Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, a research and advocacy group that champions the cause of children throughout the five boroughs. In 2001-2002 she was Honorary Chair of The New York Women's Foundation, a cross-cultural alliance of women helping low-income girls and women achieve sustained economic self-sufficiency and self-reliance.
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Meryl R. Kaynard serves as Special Counsel to the President of Queens College and, as a key member of the executive management team, provides guidance on all legal matters impacting the student body, faculty and administration.
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Nancy Kolben is the Executive Director of Child Care Inc., a leading early care and education policy and advocacy organization in New York City. CCI is working to promote quality early learning, healthy development and care for children, birth through school-age. Ms. Kolben is a co convener of Winning Beginning NY, a statewide coalition to promote quality early learning opportunities for children from birth through school age.
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Marcia Brumit Kropf joined Girls Incorporated®, the nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold,SM in the Fall of 2003. Dr. Kropf oversees the implementation of the organization's current business plan and is currently a member of the Core Planning Team developing the next strategic direction for the Girls Inc. network.
Read Marcia Brumit Kropf's Full Biography

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Ellen Levine was appointed Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines in 2006. In her role, Ms. Levine will be responsible for strengthening current titles, developing new titles domestically and internationally, and evaluating opportunities for brand extensions, books, and digital alternatives. Ms. Levine made publishing history in October 1994 as the first woman to be named Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping since the magazine was founded, in 1885.
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Carolyn Buck Luce is the Ernst & Young Global Life Sciences Sector Co-Leader responsible for serving global life sciences companies with assurance, advisory, tax and transaction solutions. In that capacity, Ms Buck Luce is responsible for E&Y's strategy, thought leadership, resourcing, learning and solution development to best serve our clients in the Life Sciences Industry.
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Terry J. Lundgren is Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Federated Department Stores, Inc. Terry Lundgren assumed the title of Chairman, President & CEO of Federated Department Stores, Inc. on January 15, 2004. Prior to this, he served as President & Chief Operating Officer, a title he assumed in March 2003 after having served as President & Chief Merchandising Officer since May 1997. Federated is the parent company of Macy's and Bloomingdale's.
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Debra Martinez is the CEO of DM Associates whose company provides management expertise. As President of the Grand Council of Hispanic Societies in Public Service, she represents Hispanic Societies of the Fire Department, Transit Authority, Corrections, Parks, Sanitation, Taxi & Limousine, Auxiliary Police, NYC Housing Authority, NYC Department of Transportation, Triboro Bridge and Tunnel and the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women.
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Melissa Mendez-Garcia is the Director of the Catalyst Program at City Parks Foundation. The catalyst program focuses on 3-4 parks across the city and dedicates resources and support over a span of four years. The program is dedicated to encouraging community re-investment and to fostering community building activities that foster local stewardship. Formerly, Melissa was the researcher and program director at the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner.
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Mary C. Murphree is a Senior Advisor at the Sloan Center for Innovative Training & Workforce Development, Center for Women & Work, Rutgers University. From 1985 to March of 2005, she served as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor, Reg. 2 Women's Bureau.
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Maria Otero founded Women's Venture Fund when the notion of micro lending was just forming. The organization serves women who are striving to attain financial independence and the long-term security that comes through owning a successful business.
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Merble Reagon is Executive Director of the Women's Center for Education and Career Advancement in New York City. The Women's Center was established in 1970 to meet the workforce development needs of women who had a marginal relationship to the paid work force and continues to serve low-income women and their families through a variety of programs and services designed to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.
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Shirley Rogriguez Remeneski recently retired from a vigorous government track but continues to work diligently, remaining active with several volunteer organizations. Currently, Ms. Remeneski serves as the President of 100 Hispanic Women, Inc., an organization she founded in 1996 composed of dynamic and professional women, committed to empowering Latinas in various fields. In 2002, 100HW launched The Young Latinas Leadership Institute (YLLI), a four-year scholarship program sponsored by CUNY. This past January, YLLI graduated its third class of scholars and inducted five new Latinas to the program, now boasting 30 students.
Read Shirley Rogriguez Remeneski's Full Biography

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Margarita Rosa was appointed Executive Director of the Grand Street Settlement on May 15, 1995. Grand Street Settlement operates programs for over 10,000 people annually. Its mission is to encourage and nurture self-determination among families and individuals through learning, advocacy, support, and community building.
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Lynn Sherr is a Contributing Editor at More Magazine and you can find her online at The Daily Beast, on television with PBS’ Worldfocus, on radio with NPR and in print at numerous magazines. She is an Award-winning broadcaster and author who recently left ABC News full-time after more than thirty years, including more than twenty as a correspondent with the ABC Newsmagazine 20/20.
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Marlene Springer was appointed President of the College of Staten Island of The City University of New York (CSI/CUNY) September 1994. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature and an M.A. in American Literature at Indiana University. Prior to her presidency, she served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at East Carolina University (ECU).
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Joan Steinberg is an active civic leader currently serving on numerous boards and commissions, among them the Citizens Budget Commission, the Board of Trustees of the Juilliard School and the Citizens' Committee for Children. She is also on the Board of the Correctional Association of New York and the American Associates of the National Theatre.
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Sally Susman is Executive Vice President, Policy, External Affairs & Communications for Pfizer Inc, the world's largest biopharmaceutical company whose diversified health care and consumer products are sold around the world.  She is a member of Pfizer's Executive Leadership Team, chairs Pfizer's Political Action Committee and is Vice Chair of The Pfizer Foundation, which promotes access to quality health care, nurtures innovation and supports the community involvement of Pfizer's 100,000 employees.
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Jeanette Takamura is Dean of the Columbia University School of Social Work. Dr. Takamura is the first female Dean at the nation's oldest school of social work. She has served in senior positions in the state government of Hawaii and from 1997 to 2001 was Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to serving in government, she held faculty and administrative appointments in higher education.
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Angie Wang has more than thirteen years of combined experience in nonprofit administration and management, program development, grantmaking, resource development and program evaluation. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Angie served as Director of Programs at The New York Women's Foundation where she oversaw the Foundation's grantmaking, capacity building, evaluation and public education and advocacy initiatives.
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Sheila Wellington was appointed Clinical Professor of Management at the New York University/Leonard N. Stern School of Business in September 2003. A leader and advocate on behalf of women in business, Ms. Wellington currently teaches a course she developed, Women in Business Leadership. Prior to joining NYU, she was President of Catalyst, the preeminent non-profit organization on women's private sector leadership.
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Melinda Wolfe has led talent management initiatives with a passionate focus on diversity at five major global companies over her career. In August 2008, she joined Bloomberg L.P. where she heads Professional Development, overseeing a full continuum of human capital management responsibilities.
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