About the Women’s Forum of New York

Who We Are

The Women’s Forum of New York is an invitation-only organization of more than 500 women representing the highest levels of achievement across all professional sectors and spheres of influence in our city.

Founded in 1974, when women were first entering the executive ranks, today’s Women Forum members are recognized among New York’s thought leaders, influencers, trailblazers, policymakers, change agents, power brokers, innovators, icons, creators and business builders.

Forum membership provides extraordinary women with the opportunity to network with a diverse array of peers, to help one another succeed and to share unique experiences. We believe the potential for cross-collaboration among our diverse membership and generations of members ignites progress and transformation for all of us.


Betty Friedan, Forum Co-Founders Elinor Guggenheimer and Eleanor Holmes Norton, with Gloria Steinem

The Women’s Forum of New York was created by civic leader and philanthropist Elinor Guggenheimer in 1974, at a time when women were first entering the executive ranks across most professional sectors. The Forum was originally conceived as a “new girls network” to provide inspiration and support for women who were “firsts” and to bring together women of diverse accomplishment for an exchange of ideas and experiences.

Nothing travels faster than an idea whose time had come. By 1979, the Women’s Forum of New York had inspired Forums in San Francisco then Washington, D.C., Chicago, Southern California and Colorado. In 1982 the Forum expanded into the United Kingdom. Other countries quickly followed, and in 1987 the International Women’s Forum (IWF) was established as an umbrella organization to bring Forums together, headquartered in Washington, DC. Today there are 74 Forums around the world in 33 countries representing over 6,800 outstanding women leaders.

The professional landscape for women has changed dramatically since 1974, but the challenges for women still remain – the challenge of access to the boardroom and the C Suite, to the highest levels in academia, law firms, technology, science and medicine; the challenge of access to venture capital and the global challenge for equal pay for equal work across almost all professions. There is an enduring need for women to support, celebrate, and inspire one another. Therefore, our Forum remains as relevant and strong today as the day we started.

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Our Leadership


Joan Haffenreffer

Managing Director, CAO, Global Public Affairs

Joan Haffenreffer serves as Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer for Global Public Affairs (GPA) at Citi. Citi’s Global Public Affairs group is charged with ensuring that Citi’s global dialogues with the public, governments and investors are effective and consistent. Joan works with Citi’s Executive Management to organize Public Affairs initiatives and Citi’s Global Corporate Philanthropy. Joan chairs GPA compliance and governance and the cross-functional Citi GPA Talent Development Program. She has held a variety of senior line management roles, most recently in the Consumer Group. In her role at Citi, Joan assists a broad range of NYC charities and not-for-profit corporations in their development and growth strategies and serves on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Sports Foundation and NY’s oldest family services agency, Graham Windham. Joan recently served a two year term as President of the Women’s Forum of New York, a membership and advocacy organization of accomplished women across all sectors of New York City.

Marlene Debel

Chief Risk Officer
MetLife, Inc.

Marlene Debel is MetLife’s chief risk officer and a member of the Executive Group. In this role, she is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and managing risk for the enterprise. From March 2018 until assuming her current role in May 2019, Debel served as EVP and head of Retirement & Income Solutions, the company’s institutional retirement business. In this role, Debel oversaw the growth, development and distribution of market leading businesses, including pension risk transfer; annuity and investment products for defined contribution plans; corporate and bank owned life insurance; funding for post-retirement benefits; and structured settlements. She led one of the strongest periods of growth for the business while working to ensure that MetLife delivered on its long-term promises to customers. Debel was previously chief financial officer for the U.S. Business with responsibility for the financial management of businesses in the U.S., including MetLife Holdings. She was appointed to this position in July 2016. Debel joined MetLife in 2011 as executive vice president and treasurer and was responsible for the strategic management of MetLife’s financial resources, including capital management, liquidity risk, cash management, and managing the company’s relationships with both banks and rating agencies. She was also responsible for MetLife’s transition to federal regulation as a non-bank SIFI. Prior to joining MetLife, Debel was global head of liquidity risk management and rating agency relations for Bank of America, where she developed the global liquidity risk strategy for the company. She was also responsible for managing the company’s relationships with rating agencies and fixed income investors. She joined Bank of America with the acquisition of Merrill Lynch.  In her 20 years at Merrill Lynch, she held a number of leadership positions, including assistant treasurer.

Leila Heckman

Senior Managing Director
DCM Advisors

Leila Heckman is a highly regarded investment manager and global strategist with twenty-five years of experience. She manages global portfolios for premier domestic and international institutional clients and high-net-worth individuals. In addition, she leads an independent research advisory business with proprietary interactive software models and publications for global markets, emerging markets, and frontier markets. Leila is currently Head of the International Equity Team for DCM Advisors. She led the International Equity team at Bear Stearns Asset Management and developed a highly profitable investment management business with premier clients. Leila was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heckman Global Advisors, an independent research company which was purchased by Bear Stearns in 2005. Between 1993 and 2003, she was Senior Managing Director of Global Asset Allocation at Citigroup Smith Barney, where she built a preeminent team that was ranked #1 or #2 by Institutional Investor’s annual global poll for four years in a row. She also served as a voting member of the Investment Policy Committee and Asset Allocation Committee of Salomon Smith Barney. Leila also was Vice President at Alliance Bernstein, where she developed sophisticated strategic asset allocation models. She spent the early part of career at Citigroup as Head of Credit Policy.

Kate Swann

COO and Board Member
Purpose PBC

Kate Swann has been a Board Director of DHI, Inc (Dice Holdings) since January 2021. Ms. Swann has deep knowledge of digital transformation, product strategy and innovation, and consumer-centricity.  Ms. Swann serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Purpose currently. As COO, she is responsible for the P+L, sales, global business strategy and business process management. She served as Chief Operating Officer at Blue State from 2013-2020 and of Frog Design from 2005-2013.  At Blue State, Ms. Swann led the transformation and successful sales of their Saas product. While at Frog, she led the growth of the organization to 5X revenue and the expansion of global markets including China, South Africa and Europe. She serves as a Board Member of Graham Windham, Women’s Forum New York and August Public. Ms. Swann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen College and a Master’s degree from New York University.

Kate has spent her career in digital, working primarily with fast growth agencies. She has expertise in product innovation, user experience, mobile, high-tech and digital ecosystems. Kate co-chaired the Hudson Square Business Improvement District’s successful expansion committee, is on the board of non-profit, Graham Windham, and serves on the advisory board for August Public.



Felice Forer Axelrod

Special Projects
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Felice provides special project and management services to both Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, including fundraising and event production.  She managed special events for the Bloomberg for Mayor campaign in 2009 and recently worked with the affinity groups on Mike Bloomberg’s 2020 presidential campaign.   Felice also consults with nonprofit organizations on fundraising, event production, marketing and strategy.  Current and former clients include Asia Society,  The American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Fortune Society, New York Law School, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Hunter College, Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU Wagner, Citizens Committee for NYC, Everytown for Gun Safety, Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, Cities of Service, the New American Economy and the Lupus Research Alliance, among others. From 2000-2008 Felice was a Senior Vice President for Corporate Events, Philanthropy and Protocol at Lehman Brothers in New York.  Prior to joining Lehman, she was Assistant to the President and Director of Special Events at Mount Sinai NYU Health as well as for the Mount Sinai and NYU Schools of Medicine. Previously, she worked in fundraising, special events and public relations for the Museum of the City of New York and the New York Public Library. Felice served as Mayor Bloomberg’s representative to the Brooklyn Academy of Music board from 2010 through 2013.  Felice is president emerita of the Council of Protocol Executives (COPE), a nonprofit organization for professional event planners and protocol officers. Also, she is a Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant certified by the Washington School of Protocol. Felice volunteers at several New York City organizations including Read Ahead, God’s Love We Deliver, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and LaGuardia Community College, among others.

Carrie Barratt

Interim Director
LongHouse Reserve

Carrie Rebora Barratt has deployed her growth and resilience mindset into organizational transitions in top NYC cultural institutions. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the New York Botanical Garden, she led through big change by championing collective intelligence of staff and board and learning to evolve to meet each moment with purpose.  Art and nature inspire us, welcome our visitors, build community, and provide comfort.

At The Met, she rose from summer intern to Deputy Director, immersing herself in the vital importance of museum work in our world.  As the leader of 27 departments and over 400 staff—curatorial, conservation and scientific research, libraries, education, publications, and digital—she worked with commitment to the common purpose of shaping the collection, putting on superb exhibitions, and enriching visitor experience. That work requires structured governance and decisive administration matched with collaboration, curiosity, and creativity.  She delivered results through strategic planning, marketing savvy, institutional advancement, and facilities management.

In 2018, she took over the New York Botanical Garden as ninth CEO and President, the first woman to hold the position in its 127-year history. A 250-acre campus of art and nature with nearly 500 staff, NYBG faced a major leadership transition and weather challenges on the grounds. In just two years, she developed a long-range art exhibition plan with vital educational programs and new digital content, drafted an agenda for increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and improved facilities (including a $17.7 million restoration of the palm dome of the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory).

In 2020, she founding The Solace Project, an initiative to connect the arts and nature to human wellness through museum visits, contemplative practice, making and writing. She is the 2021-22 Tyson Distinguished Scholar at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, stu

Heather Dietrick

The Daily Beast

Heather Dietrick serves as CEO of The Daily Beast. Previously she was President of Gizmodo Media Group, LLC (formerly known as Gawker Media, LLC), leading day-to-day operations and driving strategic integration into its acquiring entity, Univision Communications, Inc. Before this position, she was President and General Counsel of Gawker Media, LLC, overseeing business strategy and day-to-day operations, including editorial, advertising and business development. At Gawker Media, she also served on the Board of Directors, providing strategic advice to steer the company towards a successful asset sale. Before joining Gawker, Heather worked as First Amendment Fellow and Counsel at Hearst Corporation, as a Law Clerk in the Eastern District of New York, and as an associate at Goodwin Procter, LLP, where she practiced trademark and patent litigation and prosecution. Heather was previously Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law.

Paige Evans

Artistic Director
Signature Theatre

Paige Evans has been Artistic Director of Signature Theatre since July 2016. She leads the organization and programs and produces seasons that celebrate playwrights and their bodies of work. Over the past two years, she has produced seasons of work by Suzan-Lori Parks and Stephen Adly Guirgis and developed and produced new plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Annie Baker, Will Eno, and Dominique Morisseau. She has also brought Lynn Nottage and Dave Malloy to Signature for upcoming residencies. Before Signature, Evans was the inaugural Artistic Director of LCT3 at Lincoln Center Theater. Since its inception in 2008, Evans programmed, developed and produced more than 20 world and New York premieres for LCT3, bringing new artists and new audiences to Lincoln Center Theater, including David Adjmi’s Stunning, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles (which transferred to LCT’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater), Greg Pierce’s Slowgirl, Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced (which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and transferred to Broadway), the Rude Mech’s Stop Hitting Yourself, and Dave Malloy’s Preludes. Under Evans’ direction, LCT3 plays and productions – all priced affordably and presented to a wide audience – won the Pulitzer Prize as well as numerous Obie, Lortel, and AUDELCO Awards. Before LCT3, Evans worked in the literary department at Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) where she then became Associate Artistic Director. At MTC, she championed, commissioned and/or developed scores of new plays, including David Auburn’s Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof, John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt, Conor McPherson’s Shining City, Ayub Khan-Din’s East is East, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy, and David Harrower’s Blackbird. Paige lived in Rome for three years, where she was the Arts Editor for the “International Courier” and from 1998-2000, and in Havana, Cuba on a writing fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs.

Daisey Holmes

President, BNY Mellon Foundation
Head of Global Impact Citizenship, BNY Mellon

As President of the BNY Mellon Foundation and head of Global Impact Citizenship, Daisey leads the firm’s corporate giving, community impact and enterprise ESG/CSR efforts. In her role, she drives the strategy to continually leverage the company’s resources and employee talent to increase impact of community support for underrepresented populations in the regions in which BNY Mellon operates.

In 2009, Daisey led the launch of the Pathways Program, a signature initiative focused on education and support services for youth in foster care. In 2007, she served on the merger transition team for Bank of New York and Mellon Financial which facilitated the successful integration of philanthropic strategies for the new company, BNY Mellon. The same year, BNY Mellon Foundation was established and Daisey was appointed its President by the CEO.

Daisey was a founding member in launching the multicultural employee resource group, IMPACT. She previously served on the Operating Committee of the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and has been a mentor and sponsor of numerous employees throughout her career. In addition, Daisey led the company’s global philanthropic strategic response to COVID-19 which provided critical support that included frontline workers and at-risk populations.

Currently serving on the boards of the Apollo Theater, Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, and Lincoln Center Daisey brings a skill set that sets her apart as an insightful and creative leader. She is a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and the International Women’s Forum. Daisey has been recognized as a Black Achiever in Industry by the Harlem Y, and has been honored with BNY Mellon’s corporate diversity award for her work with returning military veterans.

Courtney Kelso

Executive Vice President and General Manager
American Express

Courtney Kelso is the Executive Vice President of Global Charge, Co-Brand, Loyalty, and Consulting within American Express’ Global Commercial Services division. In this role, she is responsible for managing some of the company’s largest product portfolios, retaining existing co-brand relationships and launching new strategic co-brands, reshaping Loyalty and MR for the commercial business, and overseeing our consulting team’s critical strategic efforts to support our highest priority accounts. Prior to her current role, Courtney was Senior Vice President of Global Strategy, Brand, & Field Enablement for American Express’ Global Commercial Payments division, where she led the organization’s efforts to develop strategies to evolve our commercial business trajectory, create cohesive brand messaging, build key strategic partnerships, advance merchant coverage, and empower our field teams to bring our vision to life for our clients and business customers. During her 12 years at American Express, Courtney has also held various other roles in Enterprise Growth and Global Advertising and Brand Management where she focused on Strategy & Innovation, Business Development, Brand, and Experiential Marketing. Before joining American Express, Courtney worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company and Accenture, where she focused on corporate and marketing strategy in the High Tech, Consumer, Retail, and Government industries. Courtney is originally from Texas and resides in Tribeca with her husband, son, and daughter.

Jessica Lappin

Alliance for Downtown New York

A lifelong New Yorker, Jessica has a distinguished record in civic life and public service. Since taking the helm of the Alliance in February 2014, Lappin has emerged as the voice of the downtown business community and has ensured that the country’s largest Business Improvement District remains at the forefront of efforts to shape the neighborhood. Prior to her tenure at the Alliance, Lappin was elected to serve two terms in the New York City Council, representing the Upper East Side, East Midtown, and Roosevelt Island, and was praised by the New York Times for her “steely resolve, dedication, and energy.” She played a key role in bringing the Cornell-Technion Applied Science and Engineering Campus to Roosevelt Island, oversaw the approval of over 20,000 new public school seats citywide, helped keep 100 senior centers from closing, expanded the city’s recycling efforts and spearheaded the successful development of four new waterfront parks. In addition, as Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus, she authored a nationally recognized, landmark bill to protect women’s health and reproductive rights. In 2013, she was a Democratic candidate for Manhattan Borough President and finished second in a competitive four-way race.

Laura Clayton McDonnell

Senior Vice President, Sales – East, Canada, and Latin America

Laura A. Clayton McDonnell is the Senior Vice President, Sales – East & Emerging Markets for ServiceNow. In this capacity,  Laura is responsible for leading a sales team who is helping make the world of work, work better for customers headquartered in Eastern US, Canada, and Latin America. Her most recent prior position was  Vice President, Enterprise Sales – East Region at ServiceNow, which she held for 2 years. Prior to ServiceNow, Laura was the Vice President, New York Region, Microsoft, where she was responsible for supporting the digital transformation of key customers. She has extensive sales management and legal experience in the information technology industry. Prior to Microsoft, Laura was the SVP, North America Sales at Aspect Software. Prior to that, she was VP of Strategic Services at IBM and closed the first long term digital transformation deal with a leading insurer/healthcare provider in Spanish South America. She also was VP, Public Sector/West IMT, North America Group which supported the State and Local Government, Education, Healthcare and Life Sciences industries. She also led the Smarter Cities/Smarter Planet and the North America Healthcare Growth Initiatives. Laura held other senior IBM positions in Business Development, S&D Communications and Global Technology Services. Before IBM, she was Vice President of Business Development at Rational Software and previously held a variety of executive-level positions. Prior to Rational, she was Senior Director of Market Development and Strategic Planning, and General Counsel of the Consumer and Embedded Software Division at Sun Microsystems. Previously, she was Managing Attorney for North American Sales at Cisco Systems and a Senior Counsel at Apple Computer. Prior to Apple, Laura was in private corporate and securities law practice at a law firm in San Francisco.

Stephanie Mehta

CEO and Chief Content Officer
Mansueto Ventures, parent of Inc. and Fast Company

Stephanie Mehta has been named as CEO and the newly created position of Chief Content Officer of Mansueto Ventures, the parent of Fast Company and Inc.  She most recently served as Editor in Chief of Fast Company, overseeing the title’s print, digital, and live journalism initiatives. Previously, she served as a deputy editor at Vanity Fair. Mehta was editor of Bloomberg LIVE, the conference division of Bloomberg Media, and she spent 14 years at FORTUNE, rising to the position of deputy editor. She helped set the overall direction of the magazine, with a special focus in technology, international news and policy coverage. She helped reinvent Fortune’s annual Brainstorm Tech conference, and spearheaded the international expansion of the title’s Most Powerful Women summit. Stephanie joined FORTUNE in 2000 from The Wall Street Journal, where she was an assistant news editor, reporting and editing technology stories. Prior to joining the Journal, she worked as a business reporter for the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. A Chicago-area native, she now lives with her husband and two daughters in Scarsdale, New York

Wendy Mendenhall, MBE

President & CEO
Grandview Advisors, Inc.

Wendy is the Former Global Executive in Charge and Managing Director with BritishAmerican Business, a highly curated B2B network and the voice of transatlantic business, dedicated to advancing economic growth for companies with operations in the US and UK. BAB offers strategic insights, introductions and marketing opportunities that help members to generate trade and new business and to power new ideas. Since joining BritishAmerican Business in New York in 2000, she has played a key leadership role in the organization’s growth in the United States and on a transatlantic basis. Involved in both strategic vision and day-to-day operations, she has transformed the organization into a powerful voice for BAB’s members, reaching the highest echelons of Washington and Parliament. Wendy also served as a member of the organization’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.  In addition, she served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the British-American Business Council and the Executive Committee and Board of the European-American Chamber of Commerce in the United States.  Prior to joining BritishAmerican Business, Wendy served with Richmond Events, the leading UK-based producer of high-level business conferences, and NatWest Markets Investment Bank N.A.’s corporate communications.

Susan Robinson

Global TMT (Tech, Media, Telco) & US-East People Advisory Services Leader
Ernst & Young LLP

Susan has worked in the change space for over 20 years in consulting and industry roles. While she is Canadian born and New York based, she brings extensive international experience from her time living and working in Asia, Europe and the Middle East supporting organizations through transformational change. Susan supports clients across a range of sectors as they move through large scale transformations. As workforces evolve due to generational shifts, digital enablement, increased workloads and pressure, Susan brings a comprehensive yet pragmatic approach to managing change while keeping a focus on organizational culture, inclusivity and driving results. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Cassandra Santos

Chief Information Officer

Casey Santos recently joined Asurion as Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Asurion she was the Head of Business Process Innovation at AllianceBernstein.  Before that, she served as General Atlantic’s Chief Information Officer, joining the firm in 2014 and was based in New York. Casey joined General Atlantic from McKinsey, where she served as Head of IT for MIO Partners, their private investment group, after working as a strategy consultant in McKinsey’s Business Technology Offices. Casey began her career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Mission Control as a propulsion systems engineer, supporting more than 15 Space Shuttle missions including the first Mir/Space Shuttle docking mission and the first Hubble Space Telescope repair mission. She also volunteers her time to speak with students about pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Bonita Stewart

Board Partner
Gradient Ventures

Bonita is a Board Partner at Gradient Ventures. In her role, Bonita will advise companies across their portfolio, help hone their go-to-market, and help with Gradient’s board practice. Bonita comes to Gradient from Google’s Global Partnerships team, where she spent the last seven years overseeing partnerships for the largest US publishers across search, news, media/entertainment, commerce, and mobile apps.

Prior to Google she had an extensive automotive career where she led Chrysler Group Interactive Communications for DaimlerChrysler AG, Dodge Passenger Cars and Minivans brand management and Chrysler Brand Advertising. During her tenure Advertising Age named the Chrysler Group the 2005 Interactive Marketer of the Year.  Bonita enjoyed a 10-year management career with IBM in software/hardware pricing, sales and PC product marketing.  As an entrepreneur she served as President, COO and co-founder for Nia Enterprises, a web-based company as well as the Founder and CEO for One Moment in Time, a formal wear rental company for women.

Over the past several years she has been recognized externally for her leadership as a Woman to Watch (Advertising Age, 2011), Power 100 (Ebony, 2012), Woman to Watch in Tech (Crain’s NY, 2014) and Most Powerful Women (Crain’s NYC, 2017)

Barbara M. Van Allen

President & CEO
The Economic Club of New York

Barbara M. Van Allen is president of the Economic Club of New York (ECNY). In this role she is responsible for leading the nation’s foremost nonprofit and nonpartisan speaking forum for economic policy speeches and the expression of diverse views and opinions on social, political and economic issues facing society. The ECNY draws its membership from the senior ranks of New York’s diverse business, financial, technology and professional communities. She represents the organization at the highest levels of domestic and international government, business and finance and, together with her Board, regularly serves as host to heads of state, central bankers, Supreme Court justices, secretaries general of the United Nations, international business leaders as well as key cabinet members, military leaders, ambassadors, members of Congress, and innovators across all sectors. Prior to the ECNY, Ms. Van Allen was founder and president of Van Allen Associates, a boutique consulting firm. In this capacity, she provided strategic communications, stakeholder outreach and government affairs advice and counsel to the senior leadership of business to business and business to consumer clients across multiple industry sectors although typically those highly impacted by regulation such as finance and health care.Earlier in her career, she served in senior leadership roles with award-winning results in the trade association, nonprofit, corporate and government sectors based in New York, NY Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. This included serving in senior management positions with major corporations including ITT Corporation and Cushman & Wakefield at their headquarters in New York after beginning her career on Capitol Hill where she served as a legislative adviser to several members of Congress.

G. Elaine Wood

Vice President
Charles River Associates

Elaine is a former federal prosecutor and a certified compliance and ethics professional with more than 20 years of experience conducting international investigations and consulting on internal controls and procedures.  She helps clients implement compliance controls, and specializes in emerging technology solutions insecurity, risk management, and data governance.

Prior to joining  Charles River Associates, Elaine was a Managing Director for 15 years at Kroll and, more recently, at Alvarez & Marsal, where she oversaw high-profile fraud investigations and helped implement compliance protocols. She uncovered widespread corruption orchestrated by the COO of a major corporation, enabling the company to sue and recover significant damages. She conducted a successful undercover investigation for Madison Square Garden, exposing a scheme to divert season subscriptions to illegal ticket brokers, and she helped devise business controls to prevent future fraud. She also developed source information for CNN to help refute reports that nerve gas was used in Vietnam in violation of the Geneva Convention. Elaine served as a monitor in the waste carting industry in New York for five years, and she designed an international monitoring protocol to eliminate child labor abuse in the sporting goods industry.

Prior to Kroll, Elaine served for six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she led fraud and civil racketeering cases, successfully instituting a court-appointed monitor for the Restaurant Workers Union in New York City.   She began her legal career as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Elaine is proud to serve as Chair of the Board of Legal Momentum, the Women’s Defense & Education Fund.  Founded in 1970, Legal Momentum is dedicated to advance the rights of all women and girls.