Sasha Neha Ahuja was jointly appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in July 2019. Ms. Ahuja currently serves as Chief of Staff at Girls for Gender Equity, an intergenerational grassroots organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and at the Touro Graduate School of Social Work. Ms. Ahuja previously served as the Deputy Director of the Policy and Innovation Division at the New York City Council, and ran the New York City Young Women’s Initiative, a public-private investment and policymaking process to uplift young women and girls of color, which engaged approximately 200 advocates and senior officials across City agencies, including the Office of the Mayor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Master of Arts in Social Work from Columbia University.
Angela Cabrera was appointed by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 1997. Ms. Cabrera is the president of Cabrera & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in public relations and business development. A former state deputy commissioner, she is also a board member of the Family Institute, a trustee of the Museo del Barrio, and a member of the Prospect Park Alliance. She is also on the Board of Trustees’ Diversification and Outreach Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a founding member of 100 Hispanic Women.
Malini Cadambi Daniel was appointed by the City Council in April 2009. Ms. Daniel is Strategic Campaign Director, Higher Education for the Service Employees International Union. She previously served as Senior Researcher, Assistant Director of Research and Director of Research for Local 1199. Ms. Daniel also worked as a Research Consultant for the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture and as a junior high school teacher in Oakland California.
Elaine S. Reiss, Esq. was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in April 2009. She is the General Counsel for the Environmental Simulation Center and an Adjunct Instructor at the Brooklyn Law School. Her previous positions in city government include: Deputy General Counsel with the New York City Charter Revision Commission, Deputy Commissioner/General Counsel at the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, and Acting Deputy Commissioner/General Counsel at the Department of Employment. She is also a board member of the New York chapter of the American Corporate Counsel and a commissioner of the City University: New York’s Civil Service Commission.
In September 2009, the City Council appointed Arva R. Rice to the Commission. She is the President and CEO of the New York Urban League, a 90 year old civil rights organization. Ms. Rice also served as the executive director of Project Enterprise, an organization that provides business loans, technical assistance and peer support to New York City entrepreneurs who lack adequate access to business financing. She also worked for the Fund for the City of New York, Girls, Inc. and Public Allies New York-which she founded, and served as chair of the North Star Foundation.