The New York State Council on Women and Girls membership is comprised of the heads of each State agency, ensuring that Commissioners incorporate the rights of women and girls into each program created and policy enacted. The Council is housed in the Executive Chamber of the Office of the Governor, emphasizing the centrality of its work to the overall goals of the Cuomo administration.
A Steering Committee representing women from academia, business, media, and non-profit/advocacy work will advise the Council and serve to elevate issues and concerns. The Steering Committee will meet with and advise agency heads, bringing together private sector experience with government action.
Chair: Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor
Steering Committee Members:
Amy Barasch, Executive Director, Her Justice
Ana Oliveira, President and CEO, The New York Women's Foundation
Andrea Miller, President, National Institute for Reproductive Health
Audrey Gelman, CEO and Co-Founder, The Wing
Beverly Cooper Neufield, Founder and President, POWHer New York
Beverly Tillery, Executive Director, New York City Anti-Violence Project
Brenda McDuffie, President and CEO, Buffalo Urban League
Donna Szatkowski-Zych, partner at Deloitte
Christene Barberich, Global Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, Refinery29
Connie Neal, Executive Director, New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Cruz Bueno, Assistant Professor, SUNY New Paltz
Dina Bakst, Co-Founder and Co-President, A Better Balance
Donna Lieberman, Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union
Eileen Fisher, Founder and Chairowman, EILEEN FISHER, Inc.
Elsie McCabe Thompson, President, NYC Mission Society
Eve Guillergan, Principal Attorney, Eve Guillergan PLLC
Farah Tanis, Executive Director, Black Women's BluePrint
Heather C. Briccetti, President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
Hilda Rosario Escher, former President and CEO, Ibero American Action League
Jaime Saunders, CEO, United Way of Greater Rochester
June Jee, Board Member and Immediate Past President, OCA-NY
Karen Ignagni, President and CEO, EmblemHealth
Karen King, Executive Director, The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women
Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for New York City
Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Dr. Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, The State University of New York (SUNY)
Kristen Prata Browde, President, LGBT Bar Association
Dr. Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Senior Adviser to the President, Hunter College
Liliana Gil Valletta, CEO and Co-Founder / Creator, CIEN+ / Dreamers Ventures
Melanie Whelan, CEO, SoulCycle
Michelle Ebanks, President, Essence Communications Inc.
Michelle Johnson, Chair, YWCAs of New York State
Pamela Shifman, former Executive Director of NoVo Foundation
Rebecca Minkoff, Creative Director and Co-Founder, Rebecca Minkoff
Renee Flagler, Executive Director, Girls, Inc Long Island
Robin Chappelle Golston, CEO, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts
Ruchi Shah, Founder and CEO, Mosquitoes Be Gone
Sonia Ossorio, President and CEO, National Organization for Women New York
Stephanie Redish Hofmann, Director of Agency Development, Google
Sulma Arzu-Brown, Children's book Author and Director of Operations, NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Education: Increasing educational opportunities and outcomes for women and girls in New York.
Economic Opportunity: Working to help bring New York women and girls out of poverty and provide opportunities for success.
Workforce Equity: Advancing women’s equality in the workplace through equitable policies and increasing women’s entrepreneurship.
Leadership: Increasing women’s representation in top leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Health Care: Ensuring equitable, affordable health care and securing reproductive justice.
Child Care: Ensuring access to safe affordable care
Safety: Fighting and preventing violence against women and girls in all forms that it takes.
STEM: Leading the way for women and girls to study and enter the STEM fields.
Intersectionality: Advancing a women and girls agenda that takes into account the intersectional experiences of women—including race, color, religion, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
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