Rose Pierre-Louis

Chief Operating Officer
NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research


Rosemonde Pierre-Louis is a nationally-recognized public sector leader known for driving social change. She has been dedicated to helping the most vulnerable to receive access to justice and support.

Rosemonde is the Chief Operating Officer at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University.  McSilver, which is one of NYU’s largest research institutes, is dedicated to creating new knowledge about the root causes of poverty, developing evidence-based interventions to address its consequences, and rapidly translating those findings into action through policy and practice. Rosemonde oversees day-to-day operations; the administrative, finance, external affairs and communications departments; and policy initiatives. Rosemonde also is the host of season two of McSilver’s acclaimed podcast Black Boys and Men Changing The Narrative.

Beginning in 2014 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). Rosemonde also served as Commissioner of Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV). OCDV oversees the citywide delivery of domestic violence services and operates five Family Justice Centers which provide comprehensive services to survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and trafficking.

From 2006-2013 Rosemonde served as Manhattan Deputy Borough President during the administration of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. She was responsible for several of the Office’s key initiatives related to transportation, community board reform, sustainability and criminal justice. Prior to becoming Deputy Borough President, Rosemonde served in leadership positions at several public interest law and community development organizations such as Sanctuary for Families, Network for Women Services and Harlem Legal Services. She also served for six years as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law.

Rosemonde is the Founder of the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance and also serves on the Board of Directors of Eleanor’s Legacy, HollaBack and New American Leaders Action Fund. She is a member of the Founder’s Circle for Higher Heights for America and also was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission for the City of New York.

Rosemonde is a leading voice, advocate and mobilizing force on issues impacting the Haitian community. She co-founded and currently serves as Chairperson of the Haitian Roundtable, which is dedicated to redefining the narrative about Haiti and recognizing excellence in the Haitian-American community. Following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Rosemonde was appointed by former 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.

Rosemonde completed her undergraduate studies in political science at Tufts University, and received a Juris Doctor from Case Western University School of Law. She is the recipient of numerous awards, which include the YWCA NYC Community Leadership Award, the Louis J. Lefkowitz Award from the Fordham University Urban Law Journal and the C. Virginia Fields Award for Leadership and Service from the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance.