Founding Members: Eleanor Swanson, Nancy Mezey, Helene Schlegel
Growing up in the projects of Newark, Art Howard was forced to confront violence, intimidation, crime and abject poverty. The one constant grounding influence throughout his life was his grandmother who had a sixth-grade education. Art's grandmother used a proactive approach steering Art away from violence and towards positive alternatives. Thanks to his grandmother's influence, he overcame countless obstacles and was the only family member out of 12 children to graduate college. Not only did he overcome odds by going to college, he went on to obtain three master's degrees and is currently working toward his doctorate. As a middle school principal in Holmdel, NJ, Art is emulating his grandmother's influence serving as a role model instilling the virtues of resilience, overcoming adversity and lifelong learning. In addition to his administration position, Art also counsels high risk children at the Millhill Child and Family Development Center in Trenton. Art is a living example that your circumstances don't determine your destiny.
Subhodev is a computer scientist by profession and a humanist by passion. He enjoys solving real-world problems, particularly of humanitarian nature, for which he sometimes relies on his doctoral degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His favorite pastime have been reading, writing, acting, photography, listening to music, traveling to places and meeting new friends.
Rahul is a management professional and a business leader with broad experience in technology and globalization. Rahul has more than 30 years of international business experience in leading companies in the US, United Kingdom and in India. Rahul has developed business strategy, set up new ventures, delivered multi-million dollar technology projects, and led global teams. Rahul’s goal is to put his business strategy and execution experience into practice for the cause of women’s education and empowerment.
Raili is assistant dean of Global Programs and associate faculty member at the New York University. She holds a Ph.D. in Women, Gender and Sexuality studies from The Ohio State University; two master’s degrees in history from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Kolkata, India. Prior to coming to NYU, Raili served as the associate director of the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where she led a service-learning study abroad program in India and developed globally focused programming with schools, educational organizations, and community groups. In addition, she taught courses on topics such as women in social movements in South Asia, gender, development and women’s empowerment in South Asia, and gender and globalization in South Asia.
Cassandra, who has more than 15 years of experience as a litigator and court attorney for high profile cases, is an attorney at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP on Long Island. During her career, she has also successfully defended officers and directors of housing cooperatives and other housing corporations in numerous professional liability and breach of contract cases throughout New York State and before the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Prior to embarking on her law career, Ms. Donovan was the assistant director of commercial revitalization at a local economic development group where she devised and implemented public-private initiatives to foster targeted and sustainable economic development and commercial revitalization ventures in various New York City neighborhoods. Cassandra, who began college at 16 as a Trustees Scholar, is fluent in French, Haitian Creole, and has a working knowledge of Spanish. A voracious reader and community advocate, she is also a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council – Geneva, Switzerland.