Honor of Women’s History Month, Women in Public Finance recognizes all the
trailblazing women who have broken down barriers and paved the way for women in
our industry. Throughout the month of March, we are spotlighting a number of these
inspiring and impactful women.
Four women in Chicago had a vision in 1997. Their vision is our reality. In this, the first in our series for Women’s History Month to commend our sisters in the public finance industry who have been willing to take a risk and carve a path for the rest of us, we recognize the founders of Women in Public Finance.
Courtney SheaLois ScottSarah EubanksNancy Remar
What started as a desire to find a way to provide support for women in the public finance industry has grown into an organization with 20 chapters from across the country and more than 800 members. The opportunities provided by the organization they started for networking, education, and personal growth, as well as mutual respect and support, are invaluable.
“Thank you” doesn’t seem like a strong enough sentiment and so we will let the continued growth and success of the organization and our members be the true testament to the vision of our founders.
Deborah B. Goldberg is the Massachusetts State Treasurer and Receiver General. In that role she is responsible for the state’s cash and debt management, unclaimed property, and chairs state boards and commissions, including the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, the State Board of Retirement, Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, and the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. In 2015, she established the new Office of Economic Empowerment, the first of its kind in the country, and chairs its Economic Empowerment Trust Fund. Treasurer Goldberg also was elected to serve as President of the National Association of State Treasurers.
As a former businesswoman and local elected leader, Treasurer Goldberg brings innovative leadership, disciplined fiscal management and an unwavering commitment to uphold economic stability and create opportunity for every Massachusetts resident. Treasurer Goldberg served for six years on the Brookline Board of Selectmen, including two as its Chair. Prior to her career in public service, she worked in retail operations, buying, and consumer affairs at The Stop & Shop Companies, Inc.
Treasurer Goldberg is the President Emeritus of Adoptions with Love and serves on the Advisory Board of the Greater Boston Food Bank. She was one of the founders of Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a school for individuals with intellectual disabilities, is a trustee emeritus at Beth Israel Lahey Health, and a Director at Affiliated Physicians Group / Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare. Treasurer Goldberg has been actively involved with numerous philanthropic activities, including The Grow Clinic, the 100 Club, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
A graduate of Boston University, Boston College Law School and Harvard Business School, Treasurer Goldberg lives in Brookline with her husband Michael Winter and their son, Evan, and daughter, Meredith.
Born in Windsor, Canada but raised across the Detroit River in Detroit, Michigan, Bella Irene Marshall was a longtime official with the City of Detroit and Wayne County. Ms. Marshall served as Detroit’s finance director appointed by Mayor Coleman A. Young from 1982-1993. After leaving the City, Ms. Marshall worked for Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, first as chief financial officer and then as chief operating officer. After leaving public service, she was appointed president and chief executive officer of Waycor Development Company, a real estate developer of luxury homes. She was also the chief operating officer of one of her former late husband’s other businesses, an automobile manufacturing plant in Namibia.
She earned her law degree from the University of Michigan and was hired by the Detroit office of Michigan State Housing Development in 1975 as staff counsel. She became its first female director as well as the youngest in the agency’s history just three years later. At the age of 32 years old, she became one of the youngest women and one of a small group of African Americans to head the finance department of a major American city. She was in this position for over 10 years and was responsible for the financial health of the city while it was struggling with budgetary challenges. She headed a staff of about 500 people and was responsible for the city’s banking and investments. She was also charged with reforming the property tax department. By the time she left the post in the early 1990s, Detroit had rebounded.
Friend and finance attorney, David Baker Lewis said “During her tenure as Finance Director of Detroit, Bella led some of the most consequential economic development projects the City ever completed. Her knowledge of finance was immense, and she was a natural leader dedicated to uplifting Detroit. She was a perfect match for Mayor Young. She could be charming in any setting yet tough as nails when she needed to be. She possessed a witty and sometimes self-deprecating sense of humor: always a pleasure to work with and be around. She is missed.”
Romy was first exposed to the field of healthcare by her father who spent 40 years in service at a regional, non-profit healthcare system, rising from controller to Chief Operating Officer at his retirement. The knowledge Romy picked up over conversations at the dinner table became the foundation for her career in public finance.
Romy began her career in traditional banking and after three years she networked and took her experience to Ziegler in 1994 (known as Ziegler Securities at the time) where she began as an entry level analyst – both as the only female on the team and as the youngest member of the team. Romy had a phenomenal advocate with whom she worked for the duration of her supporting roles, continuing to serve both senior living and healthcare clients.
Romy left Ziegler as a Director in 2013 to accept a Managing Director title at Piper Sandler & Co. Today, Romy has expanded her role to serve clients nationally including for-profit corporate borrowers as well as non-profit municipal borrowers. She has the privilege of working with a close knit, diverse team at Piper with a partner who provides never ending advocacy and support of her career.
Romy has worked on more than 125 transactions totaling more than $4.4 billion in healthcare and senior living. In 2009, a transaction led by Romy for the benefit of Saint John’s Communities (Milwaukee, WI) was awarded The Bond Buyer’s “Midwest Deal of the Year” recognizing an innovative structure in a difficult market. This was the first senior living expansion financed after the market shut down in 2008. In 2016, Romy championed the closing and placement of a $266 million FHA/GNMA-insured mortgage loan for Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana saving Union and its patients approximately $148 million over the life of the loan.
In 2001, Romy received the Graduates of the Last Decade award from Carroll University. In 2012, Romy received an award for Excellence in Service to the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority.Romy earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Carroll University (Waukesha, WI) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI). She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and an active participant and sponsor of LeadingAge. She is an active participant in the Piper Sandler mentorship program as well as the WPF mentorship program. Romy has boy/girl twins who are currently juniors in college and her husband is a middle school math teacher. She is also active in her faith community and donates her time and talents to many organizations including her alma mater and several charitable endeavors.
Romy is a founding board member of the Women in Public Finance Wisconsin Chapter.
Carol Converso started her career in 1983 in the municipal bond department of Alex Brown and Sons in Baltimore, Maryland while attending Towson University. After almost five years, she moved to Legg Mason to become a Vice President and their municipal bond underwriter where she helped to grow the firm into a prominent underwriter in Maryland and, ultimately, a super-regional firm that competed nationally. Ferris, Baker Watts persuaded Carol to join their firm in 2000 to utilize her expertise and network to restructure their municipal fixed income desk. Under Carol’s guidance, Ferris was able to institute changes which resulted in Ferris becoming a strong force in Maryland and the Northeast. When Ferris was bought by RBC in 2008, Carol moved to M&T Securities and created the municipal capital markets group that served Maryland issuers and other states along the East coast. In her career, she has managed Public Finance, Underwriting, and Retail Marketing and served as a member of various internal risk and compliance committees.
Throughout her long career, Carol has enjoyed teaching others about the business of public finance. For Carol, summers meant local law firm interns would come over to learn what it meant to run a competitive bond bid, and students from local high schools would call to see if they could visit the trading desk. Carol offered training programs to issuers, regulators and anyone who wanted to learn about the municipal bond market. She is a strong believer is empowering people with knowledge and hoping to create awareness of job opportunities in the bond business. Carol is a past president of the Municipal Bond Club of Baltimore and one of its first women members, and she currently serves as the Treasurer of the Maryland chapter of Women in Public Finance.
As a pioneer in the municipal bond business in Maryland, Carol has benefitted from many great mentors in her long career. Carol offers this advice to women interested in pursuing a career in public finance:
“It has been a journey with some hurdles to overcome, but would not change my career path for anything. There are many great people I have met and worked with in this industry. Connect with people who see your strengths and will take the time to teach you. People are willing to help; you just need to reach out. Form a strong networking community, they will see you through the rough days.Most importantly, be honest, ethical and treat people fairly, even if it takes a few dollars away.”
Denise Olson developed solutions to improve the City of Phoenix's retirement systems; as a leader in procuring millions of dollars of PPE for the fifth largest city in the nation during the COVID-19 crisis; and as an innovator who led a successful $400 million bond offering in March 2020, with $290 million focusing on sustainability – a first of its kind for the city of Phoenix.
Denise began her City of Phoenix career as an economist in 1994, promoting through the ranks before becoming the first woman appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Denise leads a department of 200 employees, managing $2.3 billion in cash, tax collection, risk and debt management, among other functions. Denise holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with majors in human resource management and economics, from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University.
Kathy Kardell is currently the Debt Manager for Hennepin County, MN and the Chair of GFOA’s Debt Committee. She was also the driving force for the establishment of the Minnesota Chapter of Women in Public Finance ten years ago and currently serves as its President. Her extensive and storied career in public finance began more than 30 years ago working for a suburban city in the Twin Cities Metro. She left that city to take a position with a financial advisory firm where, as the younger, female member of the team, she was often expected to do the work but was not invited to attend the meetings and received little recognition for the meaningful input she was providing. Despite a difficult and sometimes dismissive working environment, Kathy persevered and began to take on leadership roles with clients. When Kathy was a financial advisor, her work covered a national footprint primarily for large, complex issuers and state agencies from Alaska to Virginia. She eventually moved back into the public sector first as Assistant Commissioner for Debt and Treasury at the State of Minnesota and then to Hennepin County.
Given her early experience feeling undervalued in what was once very much and still can be a male-dominated field, Kathy has always looked for opportunities to mentor women, advance women’s careers and advocate for women inside and outside the organizations for which she has worked. One needs look no further than the current members of the Minnesota Chapter of Women in Public Finance to see younger women (and now some not so young women) whose careers she has fostered either directly or indirectly. These women include a receptionist who is the current President of the Minnesota Institute of Public Finance, a woman hired to write proposals who is now a Senior Vice President and leading her own practice for an investment banking firm and a woman who worked in a mailroom that she asked to be her analyst who is now a Managing Director at a financial advisory firm.
Patrice had a long and distinguished career in public finance serving in both the public and private sectors, primarily in New York City. She moved to New York City from Washington, D.C. in 1972 to attend Barnard College, Columbia University. She began her public career as Program Manager, then later as Director of Housing Finance for the New York State Housing Finance Agency/New York State Medical Care Facilities Finance Agency. While Director of Housing Finance, she was responsible for the development and implementation of statewide multifamily housing finance programs. In 1986, she moved from the public sector to become a member of the housing and healthcare finance groups within the Municipal Bond Department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Thereafter, she became a Vice President at Pryor, McClendon, Counts & Co., Inc.
Ms. Mitchell returned to the public sector in 1991 as Vice President, Finance for the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation where she was the principal advisor to the Board of Directors and President regarding the development, evaluation and approval of the capital fiancé program and budget. In 1994, she became the Deputy Comptroller for Finance in the Office of the Comptroller for New York City where she managed the Office of Debt Management and served as the Comptroller’s liaison to various debt issuing agencies including the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, Housing Development Corporation, Water Finance Authority, Trust for Cultural Resources and the Industrial Development Authority.
She was particularly proud to be asked to serve as Chief Operating Officer for P.G. Corbin & Company, Inc. where she directed the daily activities of the municipal finance advisory practice for the firm and was responsible for the firm wide execution of transactions and structuring of municipal financings totaling over $2 billion per year.
Among her various professional appointments and affiliations, she served on the board of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a public policy think tank in Washington, DC that creates ideas to improve the socioeconomic status and civil engagement of African Americans.
She is enjoying a well-deserved retirement.
Danni Breaux is a founding member of the Texas Chapter of Women in Public Finance and has served fearlessly as the Chapter’s Treasurer since 2014. Danni began her public finance career in New Orleans at broker dealer Howard, Weil, Labouisse, Friedrichs, Inc. In 1990, she joined investment bankers in the start-up of Cypress Capital Corporation, a Louisiana Independent Municipal Advisory firm until 2005. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Danni proved her resilience by relocating with her young son to San Antonio, Texas to work as marketing director for ImageMaster until 2013, when she joined the capital markets team at Frost Bank. Danni was quick to roll up her sleeves and take on the labor-intensive job of Treasurer for the newly formed Texas WPF chapter. Using her technological savvy and persistence, she tirelessly built the financial infrastructure for the chapter, managing bank accounts, event tickets, sponsorship checks, and the membership database, and serving as an active member of the Texas chapter and San Antonio region events committee, organizing numerous events and conferences. No Texas WPF event would be complete without Danni’s infectious laugh and sweat equity to organize, plan, set up and clean up any event. She is perhaps best remembered for the infamous San Antonio Tequila Tasting, with personalized WPF shot-glasses for everyone, at the 2017 State-wide conference in San Antonio. While the next chapter of Danni’s life will take her away from Texas to help her extended family, she will always stay close to our hearts as a Texas WPF Trailblazer.
Marianne F. Edmonds has very strong shoulders. The Florida Chapter of Women in Public Finance knows this well and has been standing on those shoulders for years. During her near 4 decades in public finance, both as a financial advisor and an investment banker, Marianne has achieved rock star status in the State of Florida and beyond (at least with the women public finance professionals she has mentored or supported). She has been managing PRAG’s Florida office since PRAG’s 2005 acquisition of Marianne Edmonds Inc., the public finance advisory firm she founded in 1997. Prior to establishing her firm, she was a senior vice president at the William R. Hough & Company for 15 years (since acquired by RBC Capital Markets). Marianne has held a variety of positions in the municipal market, including a three-year tenure as Municipal Advisor Representative on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and a board member of the National Association of Municipal Advisors. She was also the inaugural president and a founding member of the Florida Chapter of Women in Public Finance. The Florida Chapter thanks Marianne for her leadership, perseverance, persistence and those strong shoulders.
Meredith Hathorn graduated cum laude from Tulane University School of Law in 1983 and served as an Editor of The Maritime Lawyer. Ms. Hathorn was also appointed as a Senior Fellow responsible for teaching legal research and writing to fellow law students. She became an associate at the firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander in New York and passed the New York State Bar in 1983. Ms. Hathorn joined Foley & Judell LLP in New Orleans in May of 1985, where she currently serves as Managing Partner and specializes in Public Finance.
Ms. Hathorn has participated in various special project financings for the State of Louisiana, has served as the Chairman of the Government and Public Law Section of the Louisiana Bar Association and was the editor of the Government and Public Law Newsletter for the Government and Public Law Section. In addition, Ms. Hathorn served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Bond Lawyers ("NABL") and served a term as Secretary to the Board. She was also on the NABL Committee that published Model Engagement Letters. Ms. Hathorn was appointed to the NABL TIFIA Task Force. She was co-chair of the NABL Committee for the release of the revision to The Functions and Professional Responsibilities of Bond Counsel. Ms. Hathorn is currently serving a four-year term on the MSRB where she serves on the Governance Committee and the Steering Committee.
Ms. Hathorn has participated in and executed financing projects for the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Transportation Authority, the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission, the Mississippi River Bridge Authority, the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, the City of New Orleans, the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority, the Louisiana Offshore Terminal Authority and the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, which issue bonds for numerous universities, colleges, non-profits and hospitals throughout the State.
Ms. Hathorn is very involved with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, having served as bond counsel for numerous issues of Gasoline and Fuel Tax Revenue Bonds. She served as bond counsel for the Louisiana Transportation Authority on the first start-up toll facility in Louisiana since the 1950s. This engagement involved multiple borrowings totaling over $160 million. These transactions involved the Secured Loan Agreement with the United States Department of Transportation which was the first TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 1998) loan in Louisiana and one of seven done nationwide. Ms. Hathorn was also bond counsel for the refinancing of these bonds in 2013.
Ms. Hathorn is a true trailblazer in the Public Finance industry. She is admired by many and respected at the highest levels in local and state government arenas. Well said from Board member and Past President, Stephanie Ferry, “In addition to being one of the best attorneys I’ve worked with in my career, Meredith has been a strong advocate for women in the public finance industry in Louisiana. I have personally benefitted from her friendship and advice at many points throughout my career.”
Ms. Hathorn is one of the founding members of the Louisiana Chapter of WPF and served as Board President in 2019 and 2020.
Darci Doneff is a Managing Director at Piper Sandler in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she is currently the Head of Competitive Underwriting and Bank Qualified Trading. Her career began in 1981 as a trading assistant at Miller & Schroeder Financial in Minneapolis. In 1988, Salomon Smith Barney opened a trading desk in Minneapolis which Darci joined in order to take on more territory, continue to build industry relationships and become more nationally focused. In 1995, though she considered a move to Chicago when Salomon asked her to take on a more prominent role, Darci set her sights on Piper Sandler (f/k/a Piper Jaffray) where she leveraged relationships she had built to seek a role on its Fixed Income desk. Over her 25+ year career at Piper Sandler, Darci has been able to wear numerous hats with positions in trading, sales, and management, including the role of Head of Fixed Income Underwriting for several years. In 2016, Darci transitioned to her current role to return to her original passion, trading, where she manages buy-side clients, focusing on financial institutions. When she started her career, there were very few women in the industry and so she drew upon her North Dakota roots, having grown up on a farm where she developed a strong work ethic and learned how to push back when needed. She made a point to seek out senior colleagues during different stages of her career to mentor or sponsor her and feels fortunate to be in a position now where she can do the same for others. Her advice to those coming up in the industry is to always be yourself, treat people the way you want to be treated and be inquisitive. Often, Darci is the first one on the desk to arrive every morning because she still loves the job. Looking back, she said “Sometimes it’s not about being at the top firm or being in the top role but rather finding that role about which you are most passionate. If you enjoy doing the job every day, you will never stop learning and growing.”
Kathleen Aho started her career in municipal finance shortly after graduating from the University of Minnesota in the early ‘70s. She went on to own and grow two municipal advisory firms; helped found the National Association of Municipal Advisors and is a past president, board member and chair of its Standards and Certification Committee; and is a past president and board member of the Minnesota Institute of Public Finance. She has served on the MSRB Compliance Advisory Group and been honored as a Top Woman in Finance (2011, Finance and Commerce) and a Woman in Business (2020, Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal.) She has served as elected Chair and board member of her local school district, planning commission member of her City, and on the finance committee of a non‐profit housing developer. Kathleen has three daughters and three wonderful sons‐in‐law and what she describes as seven delicious grandsons. Here is how she describes her career. “Landing in municipal finance was a total accident that lasted for nearly 50 years. I grew up in a business and time when women were still referred to as “the girls in the office”, where I was told that the job I wanted was “too hard” for me, that our clients “weren’t ready” for a woman or a black consultant in the field. Doors were still closed just because they were. End of story. It’s a lesson for all of us that have made too quick a decision about someone that was different without looking to see what the substance of that individual was. We all have done it. It happens to men as well and women, people of color, those who speak with a different accent, young people, older people. “Being married and a mother complicated things further. I rejoice in conversations today when someone – male or female – will say, I’m sorry I have to go pick up my kids from daycare, and every head nods yes, we get it, we understand. I did not feel I could do that as I built my career because it would be a substantiation of why it was unreasonable for me to think I could have ambitions. I burned up a few day care options along the way when days got long and praise my mom for having my back when the meeting went over or when a snow storm held me up, especially in the days before cell phones. Those were stressful times. “The bottom line professionally is, if you want it go for it, but be prepared to have to make compromises and sometimes sacrifices. Pursue your passion. It is something that you will need to define for yourself and then make room for, hopefully in both your career and personal life. Don’t hold yourself back. Know that you can and if you have trouble believing that on your own, get someone in your life that believes in you. And give back. There is far more fulfillment in giving to others – time, money, talent, whatever you have – than in getting.”
Jane E. Pope retired October 2, 2020 after 43 years in the corporate trust business, lastly with U.S. Bank but also with Barnett Bank, Florida National Bank, The Bank of New York and others along the way. Jane was a role model for many and a strong supporter of women in the field of public finance. Jane was always professional, a calming influence, supportive of other women, inclusive, encouraging…the list goes on. Jane made a difference in the lives and careers of many whom she mentored and inspired. She might have retired but her legacy and example remain.
Betsey Bayless’ extensive State government career includes serving Secretary of the State, as the director of the Arizona Department of Administration, acting director of the Arizona Department of Revenue, and assistant director of the Arizona Board of Regents. She is credited with restoring Maricopa Institute of Health System (Valleywise Health), the County’s public hospital and health care system, to financial viability and an expansion of hospital facilities. She was part of Arizona’s “Fab Five” – five women holding the highest public offices in the State at the same time - Gov. Jane Dee Hull, Secretary of State Betsey Bayless, state Attorney General Janet Napolitano, Treasurer Carol Springer and Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan Firsts: Created a statewide toll-free voter registration hotline. Established a Voter Outreach program. Established a Tucson Secretary of State Satellite Office.
During Laura’s life-long career at the Municipal Advisory Council of Texas, she has blazed trails in municipal disclosure and data transparency to support the municipal market nationally and in her home state of Texas. The Texas MAC was chartered in 1954 to collect and maintain bond-related information from issuers in the state for broker-dealers. In 1995, the MAC become one of the few State Information Depositories (“SID”) designated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under the recently amended SEC Rule 15c2-12, building its data base by collecting secondary market disclosure information from Texas issuers. Under Laura’s leadership, the MAC built a web-based platform to support the SID, which was then leveraged in 2004 for the MAC to operate the Central Post Office disclosure facility for the Muni Council, a group of muni market groups working to improve secondary market disclosure. As a pre-curser to EMMA, the CPO collected secondary market from issuers all over the country and disseminated it to the four existing nationally recognized municipal securities information depositories. Promoted to Executive Director of the MAC in 2007, Laura led the organization and work with industry groups such as Alan Anders at GFOA, Lynnette Hotchkiss at the MSRB and Leslie Norwood at SIFMA to transform the CPO to the MSRB EMMA platform that we all know and depend on today. Laura has been active in the Texas Chapter since its inception in 2012. Laura and the Texas MAC staff were an integral piece of the WPF National Conference Committee, hosting the 2019 annual conference in Austin, and in that year also took on the role of providing staff support to the National Women in Public Finance through an administrative services contract, which has allowed the organization to transform to a robust national platform to promote women in the industry. While her professional career gives Laura much to be proud of, her proudest accomplishment is raising her four children with the support of her loving spouse, Scott.
Marianne Camille-Spraggins began her Wall Street career at Salomon Brothers where she was one of 5 African Americans in a starting class, the largest such group in the firm’s history. Over her 8-year career there she held several positions, starting as an associate in the pioneering Mortgage Finance group and becoming a Vice President in the Municipal Finance group. On Salomon Brothers’ exit from the municipal bond market, she joined Prudential Bache as a Vice President in its Municipal Finance department. After her first year at Prudential Bache she took a leave of absence to work on David Dinkins’ historic mayoral campaign. Following Mayor Dinkins’ successful campaign, she joined Smith Barney. While leading the company’s New York Public Finance group she secured for the firm the then largest municipal water financing ever done, the NYC Municipal Water Financing Authority’s $2.5 billion bond issue and became the first African American female Managing Director on Wall Street. She moved on to entrepreneurial ventures including leading W.R. Lazard, a minority owned public finance and asset management company, following the death of its founder and she started an asset management subsidiary for Atlanta Life Insurance Company, an over 100 year old company founded by a former slave. She then led Jamaican-Canadian billionaire Michael Lee Chin’s move into private equity, raising a $100 million fund for Caribbean investments, the first of its kind. A native New Yorker and third generation attorney, she has had a lifelong commitment to civic engagement and African American political and economic progress. She is a former director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation to which she was appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee, co-chair of its Credentials Committee and a Superdelegate to many Democratic Conventions. She was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York Law School and the Apollo Theater Foundation, where she chaired the Restoration Committee. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the NYC Campaign Finance Board, Grow NYC, the pioneering sustainability initiative known best for operating NYC’s greenmarkets and the West Harlem Development Corp. She is a graduate of Boston University where she received a B.A. in English Literature, New York Law School where she received a J.D. and Harvard Law School where she received an LL.M. in International Law. Now a recovering investment banker, she is a serial renovator and is pursuing a lifelong passion for real estate selling residential and investment properties and doing her part to preserve the character of the Harlem community she grew up in.