Carol Robles-Román

Carol Robles-Román

President and CEO

Carol Robles-Román is the President and CEO of Legal Momentum—The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national organization that advances the rights of women and girls. She leads action with big cities and organizations in gender justice, personal safety and access to justice reform.

Most recently, Legal Momentum initiated high profile legal actions on behalf of exploited women and girls in the areas of sex trafficking and sextortion. Carol is featured in the new documentary, “I am Jane Doe” about teen victims of online sex trafficking and their quest for justice.

Carol is active in global, national and local partnerships that enhance access to justice. She is a 2015 Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow, and a 2015 Vital Voices Ambassador in Japan which connects global women leaders with women executives. She is co-chair of the New York City Council Young Women’s Initiative Advisory Council, a first-of-its-kind initiative to create inter-generational leadership for girls of color, co-chair of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Board Advisory, is on the boards of the Women’s Forum of New York, the National Association of Women Lawyers and Veteran Feminists of America, is a member of the National Football League Working Group, the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition and co-chair of its Legal Task Force.  She is a former member of the Board and Executive Committee of the City University of New York.

Carol was Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg for 12 years. She oversaw 13 city agencies and spearheaded public-private partnerships in access to justice, judicial administration, domestic violence, enforcement of anti-discrimination laws and human trafficking. She led the city's efforts to combat domestic violence and human trafficking by creating Family Justice Centers and the Let’s Call an End to Human Trafficking citywide initiative. As a top executive for the NYS judiciary, she served as its first Special Inspector General for Bias Matters appointed by Chief Judge Judith Kaye and later as Special Counsel to the Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman. She served as a NYS assistant attorney general for civil rights.

Carol has significant experience in economic and business development, and in 2003 she co-founded for Mayor Bloomberg the Latin Media and Entertainment Commission to position New York City as the capital of Latin media and entertainment, and to recruit and grow Latin media productions and businesses. She was senior vice president and general counsel of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, overseeing economic development offices in Chicago, California, and New York City. She is a nationally known public speaker and appears regularly in the media. Her recognitions include the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence’s 2017 Sharon L. Corbitt Award, the National Women’s Political Caucus 2015 Women of Courage Award, the SmartCEO 2014 Brava Award, and designation as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business Magazine.

A lifelong New Yorker, Carol holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she received the Vanderbilt Medal for extraordinary contribution to the law school community, and a B.A. from Fordham University at Lincoln Center.

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