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Rosemarie Maldonado, Assistant Vice President and Counsel at John Jay College, Appointed to the New York City Panel for Educational Policy

New York, NY, July 19, 2012 – Mayor Michael Bloomberg has appointed Rosemarie Maldonado, Assistant Vice President and Counsel at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, to the New York City Panel for Educational Policy. She joins the thirteen member board that is the policy setting body for the New York City Department of Education. While serving on the board, Maldonado will remain in her current role at John Jay College.

"Assistant Vice President Maldonado will provide valuable service to the City in this capacity," said Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College. "She will draw on her experiences at John Jay observing the connections between higher education and the K-12 system. The Panel for Educational Policy will benefit from her wisdom, her clear thinking, and her concern for student success as well as her experiences as a parent of children who have attended the City's public schools."

"I consider it a distinct honor to have been asked to serve on this important panel," said Assistant Vice President Maldonado. "I know as a New York City parent that some of the most difficult decisions we make are those that affect the education of our children. The policies established by the Department of Education have a profound impact on the lives of our children and their subsequent success as adults."

As Counsel, Maldonado provides legal advice to the President and members of the College community on critical issues related to college governance, contracts, labor management, immigration, constitutional rights, human rights, education law, and ethics. In addition, as head of the Office of Legal Counsel, she oversees the operation of the Affirmative Action Office and the Office of the Labor Designee.

Since her appointment by President Travis in 2004, Maldonado has been instrumental in many crucial matters at John Jay College including the development of a new College Charter and bylaws as well as new policies regarding faculty reappointment, promotion and tenure. She has also played a key leadership role in the development of the Pre-Law Institute and the coordination of the College's international conferences and programs.

Prior to joining John Jay College, Maldonado served as Chief Administrative Law Judge at the New York City Human Rights Commission and as an Administrative Law Judge for the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) where she adjudicated a wide range of issues referred by City agencies, including hearings on employee discipline, contract disputes and human rights violations.

Maldonado has also served as Chief of Staff for the NYC Human Resources Administration, as a lawyer at The Corporation Counsel's Office, and as Deputy Executive Director to the Mayor's Commission on Hispanic Concerns. She was a deputy to President Travis when he was Special Advisor to Mayor Edward I. Koch.

Maldonado received her B.A. from Yale College and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The Panel for Educational Policy is a thirteen member body and a part of the governance structure responsible for the City School District of the City of New York, subject to the laws of the State of New York and the regulations of the State Department of Education. Other parts of the structure include the Chancellor, superintendents, community and citywide councils, principals, and school leadership teams. This entire structure is titled the Department of Education of the City of New York. The members of the Panel for Educational Policy are appointed as follows: one member is appointed by each Borough President and eight members are appointed by the Mayor.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit