Current Committee Roster



Richard (Dick) Beattie

Senior Chairman, Simpson Thatcher, Chairman and Founder New Visions for Public Schools, Director Carnegie Foundation.

Prof. Gerald Benjamin

Distinguished Professor SUNY New Paltz, former Presiding Officer of the Faculty, Dean of the College and Director of the Center for State and Local Government Studies and SUNY's Rockefeller Institute of Government

Micah Bergdale

CEO Bytemark, Inc..

Peter Beshar

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Director, Empire State Development Corporation and Woodrow Wilson School for International Scholars.

Michael Cardozo

Partner, Proskauer, former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York and President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Kathy Hirata Chin

Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, member New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption (appointed by Mayor Bloomberg), former member of the City Planning Commission (appointed by Mayor Giuliani), Board member Mecidare Rights Center and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

Sean Coffey

Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP, former co-managing partner Bernstein Litowitz Berger and Grossman, U.S. Navy Captain (retired), served as pesonal military advisor to Vice-President George H.W. Bush.

Marty Connor

Chair, New York City Bar Association Election Law Committee, former Minority Leader New York State Senate.

Evan Davis, Manager

Senior Counsel Cleary Gottlieb, former Counsel to Governor Mario Cuomo, President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and Vice Chair of Columbia University Board.

Richard Davis

Chair, The Legal Aid Society, member New York City Campaign Finance Board, former Chair Citizens Union, Chair Mayor's Commission on Police Misconduct

Michael Dowling

President and CEO of Northwell Health, Inc. (formerly North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical System, Inc.), former New York State Commissioner of Social Services.

Henrik Dullea

Former Trustee and member of the Executive Committee, State University of New York, Chair of the Tompkins County Independent Redistricting Commission, former Director of State Operations and Policy Management, State of New York.

Kim Elliman

President and CEO Open Space Institute.

Scott Evenbeck

Founding President, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, CUNY, CUNY Council of Presidents Executive Committee, former Dean, University College, Indiana University-Purdue University.

Lucy Fato

Head of Americas and Global General Counsel, Nardello & Company, former General Counsel of McGraw Hill Financial and Partner Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Rosalind Fink

Of Counsel, Brill and Meisel, former President, New York County Lawyer Association, Director Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Columbia University

Larry Friedman

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, plaintiff’s counsel in Davis v. NYC and NYS Boards of Election, former Chair International Commercial Disputes Resolution Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Prof. Peter J. Galie

Emeritus Distinguished Professor and Political Science Department Chair, Canisius College, co-author The New York State Constitution, Second Edition (Oxford University Press 2012).

Jim Gardner

Interim Dean, University of Buffalo Law School, SUNY Distinguished Professor, former Director, Jaeckle Center for Law, Democracy and Governance, author, Election Law in the Americal Political Sysytem.

Peter C. Goldmark, Jr.

Former New York State Budget Director, Executive Director of the New York Port Authority, Publisher of the International Herald Tribune, President of the Rockefeller Foundation and Chair of the Temporary State Commission on Constitutional Revision appointed by Mario Como.

Hector Gonzalez

Partner, Dechert LLP, former Chair New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, former Chair New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, former Chief of the Narcotics Unit, US Attorney’s Office SDNY.

Victoria A. Graffeo

Member, Harris Beach PLLC, former Associate Judge New York Court of Appeals, Solicitor General of the State of New York, Chief Counsel to the NYS Assembly Minority Leader

Eric Grossman

General Counsel, Morgan Stanley, former partner Davis Polk & Wardwell

Horacio Gutierrez

General Counsel Spotify, Inc., former general counsel Microsoft

Taa Grays

Vice President for Information Governance of MetLife, President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, fromer Presient Network of Bar Leaders, co-chair NYSBA Committee of Women in the Law.

Clay Hiles

Executive Director, Hudson River Foundation,  Chair, Alliance for Justice, Board Member, New York City Criminal Justice Agency, former Chair Correctional Association.

Carl Jaffee

Bedford Town Housing Agency, Treasurer of Committee for a Constitutional Convention,  former Senior Development Counsel at Battery Park City.

Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan

Partner, Paul Weiss, Board Co-Chair Gay Men’s Health Crisis, former law clerk Chief Judge Judith Kaye, lead counsel United States v. Windsor.

Eugene Keilin

Founder of Keilin Co. LLC and KPS Capital Partners, former Executive Director and then Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation and Chairman of the Citizen’s Budget Commission.

Seymour Lachman

Co-Author, Failed State: Dysfunction and Corruption in an American Statehouse (SUNY Press 2017), Director Emeritus Hugh L, Carey Canter for Government Reform at Wagner College, former five term member New York State Senate

Douglas Lankler

General Council ad Chief Compliance Officer, Pfizer, Inc., former Assistant United States Attorney Southern District of New York

Bertha Levis

President, The Black Institute, founding member of the Working Families Party

Jonathan Lippman

Of Counsel Latham & Watkins, former Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

Stan Lundine

Former Lieutenant Governor of New York, Member of Congress, Mayor of Jamestown, N.Y., Chair, Robert H. Jackson Center.

Henry Miller

Principal, High Impact Partnering LLC, former COO, Goodman Media International, former CEO NY'92, which managed New York City's hosting of the 1992 Democratic National Convention.

Neil Murray

Shareholder O'Connell & Aronowitz, General Counsel New York State Health Facilities Association, former President Albany County Bar Association.

Morgan Pehme

Executive Director of EffectivveNY and former Editor-in-Chief of City and State.

Howard Protter

Partner and former managing partner Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP, immediate past chair NYSBA Municipal Law Section, Orange County Bar Association, chair Municipal Law Committee.

Carol Robles-Roman

President and CEO of Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense & Education Fund,  Trustee of CUNY and member of the Executive Committee, former Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Bloomberg.

Adam Riff

Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Law Review, former Executive Director of New York Uprising.

Alan Rothestein

Former General Counsel New York City Bar Association

Larry Rubin

Partner, Kavinoky LLP, former Erie County Attorney, Buffalo Corporation Counsel, Commissioner of Environment and Planning for Erie County, Buffalo Commisssioner of Community Development.

Patty Salkin

Provost of the Graduate and Professional Division of Touro College and Dean of the Jacob Fuchsberg Touro Law Center, former Director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School.

Bill Samuels

Founder and Chair of EffectiveNY and

Fritz Schwarz

Chief Counsel of the Brennan Center, former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York and chair of NRDC, the Vera Institute of Justice and the New York City Charter Revision Commission.

Ben Shuldiner

Professor and Distinguished Lecturer, Hunter College School of Education, founder and principal of the award winnig High School for Public Service in Crown Heights.

Jim Tripp

Senior Counsel and former General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund, board chair New Partners of Community Revitalization, Long Islaind Pine Barrens Clearinghouse, former Chair New York City Water Board.

George Van Amson

Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, Member of the Investment Committee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Chair of the Columbia Alumni Association, former Columbia Trustee and Chair of the Educational Policy Committee.

Charles Williams

Partner, Peckar & Abramson, P.C., former General Counsel of the New York School Construction Authority, counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and General Counsel to the New York Secretary of State.

Bob Witmer

Of Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP, Chair Emeritus University of Rochester, former President New York State Bar Association.

Joe Wayland

General Counsel Chubb Insurance Group, former partner Simpson Thatcher and Bartlett LLP, Deputy Assistant United States Attorney, Antitrust Disivsion USDOJ, Lead Trial Counsel in Campaign for Fiscal Equity litigation.

Joanne Witty

Vice Chair, Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, Director, Environmental Defense Action Fund, Co-Char FreshKills Park Alliance, former Board Member of the National League of Conservation Voters.





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