Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence
Rosemonde Pierre-Louis is Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence. She is recognized nationally as an activist, educator and attorney for women's and immigrant rights, underserved communities and victims of domestic violence. Her long and distinguished career as an advocate for low-income women and families neglected by society at large includes work as a lawyer at Queens Legal Services where she created workshops to empower domestic violence survivors to obtain divorces from their abusers; Network for Women's Services; Sanctuary for Families; and Harlem Legal Services where she was the Director of General Litigation. Prior to becoming Commissioner, Ms. Pierre-Louis served for 8 years as Manhattan Deputy Borough President. She is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Haitian Roundtable, served as Co-Chair of the African-American Task Force on Violence Against Women; and was an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law School. In 2010 Ms. Pierre-Louis was presented the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundation for her work and advocacy for Haiti and its Diaspora. In 2013 Ms. Pierre-Louis was one of the first recipients of the YWCA NYC Community Leadership Award and 2014 received the McSilver Award from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work which individuals working to address the needs of children and families living in poverty. She has a BA from Tufts University and a JD from Case Western University School of Law.