NCJW NY is transforming our Spring Gala into a virtual event.
We’ll be coming to you live from the studios at Media 3 Ltd. New York.
Join us for our award presentations, entertainment and special guests.
May 11, 2021
8 PM – 9 PM
Our Woman Who Dared Award Honorees:
Letitia James – New York State Attorney General
Letitia “Tish” James is the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York. With decades of work, she is an experienced attorney and public servant with a long record of accomplishments. She is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected Attorney General.
In 2013, Ms. James was elected Public Advocate for the City of New York and became the first woman of color to hold citywide office. As Public Advocate, Ms. James served as a watchdog over New York City government agencies and as an advocate for the City’s most vulnerable communities. She transformed the Public Advocate’s office to be a formidable engine for change.
Prior to serving as Public Advocate, Tish James represented the 35th Council District in Brooklyn in the New York City Council for ten years. Before her election to the City Council, Tish James served as head of the Brooklyn Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
Tish James began her career as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society. A proud Brooklynite, she is a graduate of Lehman College and Howard University School of Law.
Elizabeth Estrada – New York Field and Advocacy Manager, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice
Elizabeth Estrada serves as the New York Field and Advocacy Manager at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice. Previously, she served as the Civic Engagement Manager where she organized voter engagement campaigns to raise the voices of Latinxs in Florida, Texas, and Virginia for policy change at all levels of government on issues that impact people’s reproductive freedom and self-determination.
In Elizabeth’s current role as the New York Manager, she engages in movement-building for reproductive justice, develops community leadership, builds relationships with key stakeholders, partners, and elected officials, and develops campaigns throughout NYC. Elizabeth immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico with her parents at the age of 4, where she remained undocumented until age 13. She learned grassroots organizing and policy advocacy in The South while partnering with immigrant justice organizations throughout Georgia. Elizabeth then went on to become a state certified Sexual and Reproductive Health Worker or “Promotora” for the Lifting Latina Voices Initiative (LLVI) at the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta. Elizabeth has had the honor of supporting the growth and leadership of hundreds of women, girls, and femmes in the reproductive justice movement. She continues to translate her 10 years of grassroots organizing experience to the work she is currently building in New York.
Additionally, Elizabeth serves on Board of Directors for SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and is a volunteer Case Manager with the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF).
Nancy Mehlman – Partner, Head of Tax Practice, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Nancy Mehlman is a tax partner and Head of Tax Practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. In addition to advising several of the firm’s key private equity clients on tax matters related to fund formation and negotiating and structuring of acquisitions by those funds, her practice at Simpson over the last 20 years has included mergers and acquisitions (including tax-free spin-offs), real estate transactions, partnerships, joint ventures and related financing transactions in the credit and capital markets. In addition, Nancy has served on the firm’s New Partners, Finance, Recruiting and Women’s Committees during her tenure as a partner. Nancy has been recognized as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500 United States.
Nancy received her B.A. from Williams College in 1991, and her J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law in 1999, where she was a Florence Allen Scholar. Nancy also earned an LL.M. in 2002 from New York University School of Law.