Appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council, the Board's five members serve staggered six-year terms and are eligible for reappointment to one additional six-year term. Under the Charter, the members must be selected on the basis of their "independence, integrity, civic commitment and high ethical standards." While serving on the Board, they may not hold any other public office or any political party office.
Richard Briffault became Chair of the Board in April 2014. He is the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School. A member of the Columbia Law School faculty since 1983, his research, writing and teaching focus on state and local government law, legislation, the law of the political process, and property. He is the co-author of State and Local Government Law, principal author of Dollars and Democracy: A Blueprint for Campaign Finance Reform, and author of Balancing Acts: The Reality Behind State Balanced Budget Requirements, as well as more than seventy law review articles.
Professor Briffault was a member of New York State's Moreland Act Commission to Investigate Public Corruption (2013-14), and served as a member of or consultant to several New York City and State commissions dealing with state and local governance including the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency & Competitiveness (2007-08), the Temporary New York Commission on Constitutional Revision (1993-95), the New York City Real Property Tax Reform Commission (1993), and the New York City Charter Revision Commission (1987-89). He is currently the Reporter for the American Law Institute's project on Principles of Government Ethics. He is vice-chair of Citizens Union of the City of New York and a member of the Government Ethics Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Professor Briffault received his B.A. summa cum laude from Columbia University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard University. He was law clerk to the Honorable Shirley M. Hufstedler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was Assistant Counsel to New York Governor Hugh L. Carey.
Fernando Bohorquez, Jr.was appointed to the Board in April 2014. Mr. Bohorquez is a partner in the New York office of the law firm of Baker Hostetler, where he specializes in complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation, intellectual property disputes, and white collar investigations. Mr. Bohorquez also regularly advises tech start-up and social media companies regarding intellectual property, social media, privacy and data security, business law, and Internet liability issues. He is a frequent speaker on social media, intellectual property, privacy and data security, electronic discovery, and law firm diversity initiatives and has published numerous articles and blogs on social media, on-line advertising and marketing, Internet-related intellectual property issues, and electronic discovery.
Mr. Bohorquez serves on the boards of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Fund for Modern Courts, and the Limon Dance Company as well as the executive committee of the American Constitution Society: New York Lawyer Chapter and the Fellows Alumni Committee of the Council of Urban Professionals. In these endeavors he focuses his efforts on developing and mentoring the next generation of leaders of color in the business and legal community. Pro bono, he has represented numerous immigrants in removal proceedings and spearheaded efforts to organize Spanish-speaking attorneys to volunteer for deferred action relief and Latino voter protection efforts in New York and nationwide. He is active in the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Mr. Bohorquez received his B.A. from the University of Delaware, his J.D. from New York Law School, magna cum laude, and an LL.M. from George University Law Center.
Anthony W. Crowell was appointed to the Board in March 2013. He is Dean and President, and Professor of Law, at New York Law School. Prior to his appointment as Dean, he served as Counselor to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2006 to 2012. His responsibilities included managing a broad portfolio of legal, regulatory, legislative, governance, administrative, and operational matters focused on enhancing New York City's performance, competitiveness, accountability, and public integrity. He provided coordination and oversight of City agencies, boards, and commissions and spearheaded government reform efforts and business process re-engineering initiatives. He negotiated and helped implement landmark reforms to the City’s lobbying and campaign finance laws. He also has served either as a commissioner or an executive staff member of six charter revision commissions.
Before becoming Counselor to the Mayor, Dean Crowell served as Special Counsel to the Mayor from 2002 to 2006. From 1997 to 2002, he served as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department’s Tax & Condemnation and Legal Counsel Divisions. Dean Crowell is a recipient of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Outstanding Municipal Attorney Award.
Dean Crowell received a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied urban policy, and a J.D., cum laude, from American University. He is a member of the bars of New York and New Jersey. While in City service, he taught State and Local Government Law courses at Brooklyn Law School for 12 years and New York Law School for 9 years. He serves as Board Chair of the Brooklyn Public Library.
Jeffrey D. Friedlander was appointed to the Board in March, 2017. He has served New York City as one of its top and longest-serving municipal attorneys, having worked alongside 13 corporation counsels and under seven mayors. Friedlander joined the Law Department as a member of its Honors Program in 1970 and in 1995 became the City's First Assistant Corporation Counsel, second-in-command of the New York City Law Department. As the First Assistant Corporation Counsel, Mr. Friedlander was responsible for the office's corporate side, which includes key divisions such as Economic Development, Contracts, Real Estate, and Municipal Finance.
Mr. Friedlander also oversaw Affirmative Litigation, Environmental Law and Legal Counsel, the latter of which provides legal advice to City Hall and all City agencies in addition to preparing the City's legislative proposals. He served as the City's Acting Corporation Counsel from 1997 to 1998 and then again in January of 2014.
Subsequent to his retirement from the Law Department in 2015, Mr. Friedlander served as counsel to the Quadrennial Commission for the Review of Compensation of Elected Officials. Mr. Friedlander is the President of the Board of Directors of the Heart and Soul Charitable Fund, Inc., which funds charitable activities in Manhattan that include meal programs for those in need as well as a number of youth programs. Additionally, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Youth Services Opportunity Project, a non-profit corporation that provides opportunities for high school and college students to serve the homeless community. He is also a member of the Hunter College Pre-Law Advisory Board. A lifelong New Yorker, Mr. Friedlander obtained his B.A. from Hunter College in 1967 and his J.D. from New York University Law School in 1970.
Erika Thomas was appointed to the Board in February 2012. Ms. Thomas is Counsel in the New York office of the law firm of Baker Hostetler, where she specializes in complex commercial litigation and is a member of the team serving as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
From 2003 through 2015, she was Associate General Counsel with McGraw Hill Financial, where she provided advice in connection with employment matters, internal investigations, and the company's global anti-corruption, risk management, compliance and ethics initiatives. Prior to joining McGraw Hill, Ms. Thomas served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she investigated and prosecuted cases involving money laundering and other complex white-collar crimes. Ms. Thomas has also worked as an associate in the New York offices of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. In April 2016, Ms. Thomas was appointed by the Governor to the New York State Judicial Screening Committee. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader since 2010.