Current Committee Roster


Roster (as of 7/17/17)


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 (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 fro State and Local Government Studies and SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute of Governent.

Micah Bergdale

CEO Bytemark, Inc.

Peter Beshar

Executive Vice President and Generl Counsel. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Director Empire State Developmet Corporatiom and Woodrow Wilson School for International Scholars.

Christopher Bopst

Chief Legal and Financial Officer of Sam-Son Logistics, Inc., Co-Author of The New York Constitution Second Edition (Oxford Universtiy Press 2012).

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.

Matt Cowherd

Staff Attorney, Kasowitz, Benson & Torres, Co-Founder, New Kings Democrats, Captain, Judge Advocat’s Corp, U.S. Army Reserve.

Richard Davis

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 of Nardello & Company LLC, former Genreal Counsel of McGraw Hill Finacial, Deputy General Counsel of March & MacLennan Companies, Inc and Partner Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Jeremy Feigelson

Partner Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, former Chair Committee on Government Ethics,  New York City Bar Assocaition, Board Chair, Partnership for the Homeless.

Carl Folta

Former Executive Vice President for Corporate Communications, Viacom Inc., initiated  the Peabody and Emmy Award winning public edication campaign, KNOW HIV/AIDS, Adjunct Professor, Communications Department, New York University School of Professional Studies.

Rosalind Fink

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

Michael Fricklas

General Counsel, Viacom Inc, (1998 - -2017), Secretary, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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. Ester Fuchs

Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, fomer Special Advisor to Mayor Michael Blomberg for Governance and Strategic Planning, Chair 2005 New York City Charter Revision Commission.

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).

Prof.. Jim Gardner

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.

Betsy Gottbaum

Former NYC Public Advocate, President New York Historical Society

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.

Taa Grays

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

Stephen Greenwald

Director of the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College, former President Metropolitan College of New York, CEO DeLaurentis Entertainment.

Eric Grossman

General Counsel Morgan Stanley, former Partner Davis Polk & Wardwell

Horacio Gutierrez

General Counsel Spotify, Inc., former General Counsel Microsoft

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 Friends of Evan Davis (campaign finance committee to urge yes vote on convention call and delegate candidacy), former Senior Development Counsel at Battery Park City.

William vanden Heuvel

Chairman Emeritus and founder of the Frankin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, fromer Chair of the New York City Board of Corrections. Delegate to the 1967 Constitutional Convention.

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..

Dan Karson

Chair, the Americas, Kroll Inc., former Genreal Counsel, New York City Departmet of Investigations

Gene 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 Center for Government Reform at Wagner College, former five term member of the New York State Senate, Deputy Minority Whip.

Douglas Lankler

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Pfizer, Inc., former Assistnt United States Attorney Southern District of New York.

Kevin Law

President and CEO of the Long Island Assocaition, former President and CEO of the Long Island Power Authority.

Arthur Levitt, Jr.

Former Chairman of the Securities and exchange Commission. Delegate to the 1967 Constitutional Convention.

Bertha Lewis

President, The Black Institute, founding Co-Chair 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.

Prof. Tom Mandeville

History and Political Science Department, Clinton Community College, Political Science Department SUNY Plattsburgh, authority on the history of the Champlain Valley.

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 Convention.

Cornelius (Neil) Murray

Partner and Shareholder O’Connell & Aronowitz, General Counsel New York State Health Facilities Association.

David Paterson

Longtime supporter of a constitutional convention and former Governor of the State of New York.

Morgan Pehme

Executive Drector of EffectiveNY and former Editor-in-Chief of City and State.

Eduardo Penalver

Professor Cornell Law School

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.

Richard Ravitch

Chairman, Ravitch Rice &  Co LLC, former New York State Lieutenant Governor, Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Chairman New York State Urban Development Corporation.           

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

Asociate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Law Review, former Executive Director of New York Uprising.

Alan Rothstein

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.

Al Samuels

President and CEO, Rocklqnd Business Association

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.

Donna Shalala

Trustee and Professor of political science, Miami University, former Director and Treasurer of the New York City Municipal Assstance Corporation, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, President of Hunter College, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and President, Unversity of Miami.

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.

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.

Bob Witmer

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

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.

Prof. David Yaskey

Faculty, Pace Law School, former commissioner NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission













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