Two New Trustees Are Named To CUNY Board New York Deputy Mayor of Legal Affairs and Counsel to the Mayor Carol Robles-Roman and investment banker Valerie Lancaster Beal will join The City University of New York Board of Trustees.
Nominated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of five mayoral appointees to the Board, Deputy Mayor Robles Roman will serve for a six-year term. She is a resident of the Bronx. Ms. Lancaster Beal, who was nominated by Governor George E. Pataki, will start a seven-year term. She is a resident of Brooklyn. Both nominations were unanimously approved by the New York State Senate on June 19.
Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs for the City of New York since January of this year, Carol Robles-Roman also serves as Counsel to the Mayor and oversees several city agencies. They include the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Language Services.
She began her public service career as a Senior Court Attorney in New York City Family Court, where she focused on the legal issues affecting families and children. Since then she has held executive management positions in the New York State Office of Court Administration, including Special Counsel to Chief Administrative Judge Barry Cozier. She has also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Department of Law under Robert Abrams. In 1999 she was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company’s continental operations offices.
Deputy Mayor Robles-Roman is a graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center and New York University School of Law.
Ms. Lancaster Beal, is an investment banker and Senior Vice President of M.R. Beal & Company, which she joined in 1988, soon after her husband Bernard B. Beal founded the firm. The company offers investment banking, financial advisory and breaker dealer services to municipalities, state governments and corporations. A member of the firm’s Financial Advisory Group, she has been engaged in restructuring the capital budget for the District of Columbia and developing alternative financing vehicles to meet the city’s capital needs.
Active with Bronx Community College and Medgar Evers College, Ms. Lancaster Beal has been a regular speaker at seminars for the COPE Program, which assists welfare recipients who are pursuing a college education. She serves on the Board of Regents for Georgetown University and the Board of Trustees for the Berkeley Carroll School of Brooklyn, where she was Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She is also the immediate past president of the Metro-Manhattan Links, a service organization of African American women. She is currently assisting the Abyssinian Baptist Church with the development of its strategic plan.
Ms. Lancaster Beal has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.
Deputy Mayor Robles-Roman’s appointment to the Board of Trustees is effective immediately. She succeeds George Rios, who has served on the Board since 1996. Ms. Lancaster Beal’s appointment is effective July 1, 2002. She succeeds John Morning, who is completing 5 years of service on the Board.