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Introducing Our New 2020 Board Members!

We are thrilled to welcome three new members to GELC’s Board of Directors:  Shareema AbelSean Harvey, and Chandra K. Smith! Each brings a unique combination of experiences and expertise that will help GELC grow in the coming years. 

Let me tell you a little bit about each of our new Board Members:


Shareema Abel currently serves as Special Counsel to the Inspector General of the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority. Previously she held a variety of government positions including Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk & Compliance for Civil Rights, Senior Litigation Attorney with the New York City Department of Education and Assistant District Attorney for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. Shareema is an Adjunct Professor at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies where she teaches labor negotiation and Hofstra University School of Law where she teaches trial advocacy. In 2015, in collaboration with Lawyers Without Borders, Shareema trained Kenyan prosecutors and assisted with establishing a Prosecutor’s Training Institute. Shareema is a member of the National Black Prosecutors Association and the Association of Black Women Attorneys. She received a BA in Political Science from SUNY Binghamton and a JD from Hofstra University School of Law.

Sean Harvey works as a consultant and leadership development trainer with a focus on cultivating healthy masculine and feminine norms in the workplace. Previously Sean worked at Eileen Fisher where they led the Personal Transformation and Wellbeing department. Sean’s work in personal, societal, and organizational transformation is inspired by over 20 years of Talent, Leadership, and Organization Development consulting combined with a decade of educating leadership, behavior and change at Cornell, New York University and Baruch College at the City University of New York. Sean holds a MSEd in Counseling from Fordham University, a MSOD in Organizational Development from Loyola University Chicago, and a BA in Industrial/Organizational Development from DePaul University. 


Chandra K. Smith is currently the Chair of the Math Department at the Princeton Day School. She began her career in corporate America and then transitioned to teaching math, science, engineering and other related subjects. Chandra is deeply committed to the capacity of STEAM education to equalize the classroom by promoting the voices and interests of students from all different backgrounds. She regularly participates in workshops, symposia, and conferences on issues of diversity and inclusion. While teaching at the Madeira School, she directed an initiative on diversity, equity and inclusion. Chandra has a lifelong commitment to fostering healthy, open discussions among students and peers about race and social justice issues. She received an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego.

All three Board Members begin their Board duties in January of 2020. We are so excited about their new roles in helping to advance the goals and mission of GELC and to help us grow in the next few years.


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