(NEW YORK, December 2, 2020) — Yesterday, McSilver Institute’s Chief Operating Officer Rose Pierre-Louis was among New York’s leaders and influencers highlighted in the December 1, 2020 issue of City & State New York, titled, “The Power Players: Black Women in Government and Politics.” Published in collaboration with The New York Amsterdam News, the issue featured interviews and insights from nearly 40 Black women who have shaped New York government, politics, policy and civic life. New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James and Rep. Yvette Clarke were among the other leaders interviewed for the article.
“I have dealt with bias as a woman of color in the political arena and as a ‘first,’ (for instance, having been the first Haitian American to serve as a New York City commissioner),” said Pierre-Louis. “However, I have always made it my goal to demonstrate what I bring to the table, and it has pushed me even harder – not because I have something to prove – but because I’ve understood that the success is not just for me, but also for the principal I reported to, my agency, my team and the people we served.”
Further, she said, “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have paid even more attention to those who are underserved… as always, I am very focused on improving the lives of those who are impacted by poverty, racial disparities and racial injustice, and specifically on how I can be a force for policy change.”
Rose Pierre-Louis is McSilver Institute’s Chief Operating Officer, an attorney and a longtime public sector leader. In October 2020 she was appointed to the Executive Board of the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting NYC. From 2014-2016, Pierre-Louis served in the administration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and was the Senior Adviser to the NYC Commission on Gender Equity. Previously, she served as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. From 2006-2013 , Pierre-Louis served as Manhattan Deputy Borough President during the administration of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. She has been a leading advocate and voice for Black girls and boys, men and women, those who are impacted by poverty, as well as the Haitian community.
Read more of what Rose Pierre-Louis and other Black women power players had to say at City & State NY.
McSilver Institute’s Chief Communications Officer, Sheryl Huggins Salomon, was guest editor of the special issue.