Rose Pierre-Louis

Chairperson, HRT
Dept. Dir. NYU McSilver Institute


Rosemonde Pierre-Louis is a highly recognized public sector executive known for driving social and economic change.  Rosemonde has dedicated her career to helping the most vulnerable to receive access to justice, services, and support.

In 2017, Rosemonde was appointed Deputy Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University. McSilver, which is NYU’s largest research institute, is dedicated to creating new knowledge about the root causes of poverty, developing evidence-based interventions to address its consequences, and rapidly translating research findings into action through policy and practice.

From 2014-2016 Rosemonde served in the administration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and was the Senior Adviser to the NYC Commission on Gender Equity (CGE). Previously, Rosemonde also served as Commissioner of Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV). Established in 2001, OCDV oversees the citywide delivery of domestic violence services.

In 2006 Ms. Pierre-Louis made history by becoming the first Haitian-American appointed to serve as a Deputy Borough President during the administration of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. As Manhattan Deputy Borough President, from 2006-20013, Ms. Pierre-Louis was responsible for overseeing several of the Office’s key initiatives related to transportation, community board reform, sustainability and criminal justice. Prior to becoming Deputy Borough President, Ms. Pierre-Louis served in leadership positions at several public interest and community development organizations. Ms. Pierre-Louis also served for six years as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law.

Ms. Pierre-Louis is a former member and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the New York Women’s Foundation. Most recently, Rosemonde joined the Board of Directors of Eleanor’s Legacy, which is dedicated to building a new generation of pro-choice Democratic women candidates, informed voters, and political activists throughout New York State. Ms. Pierre-Louis is also a member of the Founder’s Circle for Higher Heights for America, which is committed to building a national infrastructure to harness Black women’s political power and leadership potential.

Rosemonde has been a leading voice, advocate and mobilizing force on issues impacting the Haitian community. Ms. Pierre-Louis Co-Founded and currently serves as Chairperson of the Haitian Roundtable, a not-for-profit organization comprised of Haitian-American professionals committed to civic engagement as well as philanthropic endeavors benefiting Haiti, Haitian organizations and causes. In 2010 following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Rosemonde was appointed by then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to serve on the five-member delegation representing the United States at the United Nations Haiti Donor Pre-Conference in Martinique, West Indies. For her work and advocacy in support of Haiti and its Diaspora, Rosemonde was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundation.

Rosemonde, who grew up in Dix Hills, Long Island and now proudly calls Harlem her home, completed her undergraduate studies in political science at Tufts University, and earned a law degree at Case Western University School of Law. She is the recipient of over 30 awards which include the YWCA-NYC Community Leadership Award and the McSilver Award from the McSilver Institute for her achievements in addressing the needs of children and families living in poverty. Ms. Pierre-Louis is also the recipient of the Louis J. Lefkowitz Award from the Fordham University Urban Law Journal.