Commission Members

Silda Palerm

Silda Palerm, Chair, Philanthropist and Activist; Chair, Violence Intervention Program Inc: Silda Palerm has been the Chair of the Board of Directors of Violence Intervention Program Inc. (VIP) since 2014. She is also on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood NYC. Silda had a long legal career in New York City that included work as Executive Vice President and Legal Director of Legal Momentum, formerly the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund; Vice President and Global Head of Litigation at Warner Music Group; Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York; and associate at the law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Silda obtained her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She studied law at the University of Puerto Rico (J.D.) and at Harvard Law School (LL.M.). Silda clerked in the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico for the Honorable Federico Hernandez Denton and in the First Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Stephen Breyer, now Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. From 2001 to 2007, Silda was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Women’s Foundation. Silda has also served on the board of directors of the John Jay College Foundation and MFY Legal Services. 

Silda is married to Richard Hall and together they have a daughter, Victoria Hall-Palerm.