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Metropolitian Black Bar Association
Stanford Black Alumni Association – New York
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Columbia University – Black Alumni Council
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Puerto Rican Bar Association
New York Alumnae Association of Spelman College
New York Black Journalists Association

Panel Discussion Topics

Black and Brown Agendas: Economic, Public, Criminal Justice & Educational Policy
Media Effects: Mainstream Media and Social Media
What’s your tool for change it may not be the ballot?
Politicking: State and Local
Approaches for Advocating Change: Bottom Up… Top Down… Follow-Through…
Obama Presidential Legacy: Dream Deferred?


Eboni K. Williams

Currently serves as a FOX News Channel (FNC) legal/political contributor and a frequent co-host on Outnumbered (weekdays, 12PM/ET) and The Five (weekdays, 5PM/ET).
Prior joining FOX News Channel, Williams served as a CBS News correspondent, HLN contributor and talk radio host for Los Angeles’ KFI AM640. She began her professional career in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina where she clerked for the Louisiana Secretary of State and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office as a law student. She has also worked for various politicians, including New Orleans city council members, where she worked to rebuild the city.

Williams went on to specialize in family law and civil litigation, providing legal counsel on high-profile divorces, spousal support, and child custody cases. In 2008, she transitioned to a public defender and went back to private practice in 2010, throughout North Carolina and the Greater Los Angeles area. Williams has represented clients in criminal matters including murders, rapes, high volume drug cases, sex crimes and federal offenses.

She received a B.A. in Communications and African-American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Saratu Grace

Saratu Grace Ghartey is New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) (Department of Social Services) Chief Program Accountability Officer. HRA’s programs include Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP food stamps), Temporary Cash Assistance, HIV/AIDS support services and child support enforcement.

As Chief Program Accountability Officer, Ms. Ghartey has agency-wide responsibility for program integrity, audit, compliance and investigations. She oversees the Investigation, Revenue and Enforcement Administration (IREA), the Office of Audit Services and Quality Assurance, and the Office of Program Accountability.
Ms. Ghartey came to HRA from the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG), where she was first the Assistant Medicaid Inspector General for Research and Evaluations, and then managed the Division of Investigations’ downstate operations. Ms. Ghartey is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, and of Boston University, where she majored in Economics.

Dr. Christina M. Greer

Christina Greer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University – Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus. Her research and teaching focus on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, Congress, New York City and New York State politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion. Prof. Greer’s book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press) investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the US from Africa and the Caribbean. She finds that both ethnicity and a shared racial identity matter and also affect the policy choices and preferences for black groups. It was the recipient of the WEB du Bois Best Book Award in 2014 given by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

Professor Greer is currently writing her second manuscript and conducting research on the history of all African Americans who have run for the executive office in the U.S. Roughly sixty African Americans have run for or been nominated for the executive office since 1872. Her research interests also include mayors and public policy in urban centers. Her previous work has compared criminal activity and political responses in Boston and Baltimore.

Prof. Greer received her B. A. from Tufts University and her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. She is a member of the board of Project Vote and an ardent supporter of FIERCE in NYC and Project South in Atlanta, GA. She is a frequent political commentator on several media outlets, primarily MSNBC and NY1 (and occasionally Comedy Central), and is often quoted in media outlets such as the NYTimes, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and the AP. She also writes a weekly column for The Amsterdam News, the oldest black newspaper in the U.S.

Renee Russell

Renee Russell joins our panel as a juvenile justice lecturer at Rutgers University, former NYC prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. After completing her undergraduate studies in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Russell worked in the corporate sector first as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and then as a Corporate Strategist with Time Warner.
Seeking an opportunity with more social impact, Mrs. Russell was awarded a public interest fellowship to attend Howard University’s School of Law where she trained to be a criminal trial attorney. While in law school, Mrs. Russell represented juveniles as a law clerk with the Public Defender Service of Washington D.C., as a student attorney with the criminal justice clinic, and as a Recipient of the ABA Judicial Clerkship and Certified Legal Intern with Miami’s Public Defender Office. Prior to embarking on her own private practice, Mrs. Russell was a prosecutor with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York City where she was fortunate to work in the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court.
After a successful 5 years in private practice, Mrs. Russell has transitioned to the real estate business as an investor with Key Interests, and a real estate broker with global luxury real estate firm Engel & Voelkers in NY and NJ.

Assemblyman Walter Mosley

Walter T. Mosley currently serves as the New York State Assemblyman and District leader for the 57th Assembly District, representing the communities of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and parts of Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.

He attended Pennsylvania State University where he obtained his Bachelor degree in criminology.[citation needed] He received his law degree from Howard University in 1998.

Assemblyman Mosley began his career in public service in 1998 as a Legislative Analyst and Oversight Investigator for the New York City Council. He then served as Senior Consultant to the New York State Assembly, and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Speaker of the New York State Assembly.

Mr. Mosley served as Special Advisor and External Relations Specialist for the New York State Senate Minority Conference. In February of 2008, Mr. Mosley was elected as a NYS Pledged Alternate Delegate for President Barack Obama on behalf of the 10th Congressional District.

Most recently, Assemblyman Mosley served on the Board of Managers with the YMCA of Bedford Stuyvesant; Board of Inner City Sports Little League; and he continues to serve on the boards of CUSH Campus Schools in Brooklyn and as a mentor for Penn State University Fast Start Program. He is also an active member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated – Long Island/Brooklyn Alumni Chapter – the oldest African-American collegiate fraternity in the U.S.

Born and raised in the Crown Heights and Clinton Hill sections of the 57th Assembly District, Assemblyman Mosley is a life-long resident of Brooklyn and proudly serves the downtown and central Brooklyn communities with unparalleled accessibility and a commitment to equality and fairness for all Brooklyn residents.
Assemblyman Mosley is a member of the committees on Housing, Codes, Corrections, Banks, and Education, Assemblyman Mosley is dedicated to helping struggling working families and giving his community a powerful voice in Albany. Assemblyman Mosley was recently appointed chair of the sub-committee on Regulated Mortgage Lenders – a committee which oversees mortgage lending programs and practices.

As a proud member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, where he previously served as second Vice Chair and Budget Chair (2015-2016). Assemblyman Mosley is also a proud member of the New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators, State Legislators Against Illegal Guns (SLAIG), the American State Legislators For Gun Violence Prevention (ASLGVP), Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force and the bi-partisan coalition, Leaders Eradicating All Poverty (LEAP), an initiative to combat poverty, wage discrimination, and income inequality throughout New York State and the New York State Assembly’s Anti-Poverty Workgroup.

Panel Moderator

Bert Gervais

Founder of Success Mentor Education. Bert is a national best-selling author, speaker, and he is the Director of the Pathways to Leadership After School Program in East New York.