College, CUNY's second oldest college and the largest in enrollment
(also the world's only college with two Nobel Laureate alumnae),
received its 13th president in January, when the University's Board
of Trustees appointed Jennifer J. Raab. Currently the chair of New
York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission, Raab will assume
the position on June 11.
Raab, an attorney,
is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Hunter College High School.
She earned a Cornell University undergraduate degree, a master's
degree from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs, and a Harvard law degree. A resident of the Bronx, Raab
began her career in public service as special projects manager for
the South Bronx Development Organization. She has served as Director
of Public Affairs for New York City Planning Department, and in
1994 Mayor Rudolph Giuliani asked her to supervise the agency responsible
for designating and regulating changes to more than 21,000 landmark
properties. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has a 50-person
staff and a $3 million budget.
Raab has also served on the boards of the non-profit Argus Community
Organization, a social service provider in the Bronx, the East 154-155th
Street Housing Corporation and the Community Volunteer Corps. Her
community service includes work with the Advisory Council to the
midtown Manhattan Community Court and as a volunteer arbitrator
in Bronx County Small Claims Court.