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The Professionals In Residence series is an initiative of the John Jay College Center for Career & Professional Development to provide opportunities for career exploration, networking, and mentorship to students and alumni. Since debuting in 2012, the Center has brought senior industry leaders to John Jay College to offer advice and guidance as students develop the “soft skills” of networking and interviewing and make informed, thoughtful career decisions.

Professionals In Residence events are followed by an opportunity for students and professionals to engage in one-on-one mentoring and networking. All students and alumni should RSVP on John Jay Careers Online to attend!

Upcoming Professionals In Residence Events:

HANK SHEINKOPF, President of Sheinkopf Ltd.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014, 1:45 PM TO 2:45 PM, L76.00 New Building

Hank Sheinkopf, President of Sheinkopf Ltd.—a full service strategic communications company serving corporate, political and public affairs clients--has worked on an estimated 700 political campaigns on 4 continents, in 14 foreign nations and 44 American states in the last 35 years. His clients have included President William Jefferson Clinton, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Leonel Fernandez, former President of the Dominican Republic. Hank Sheinkopf is also retained by a wide variety of government and public relations clients and enjoys strong relationships with various city, state and federal officials at the highest levels. Sheinkopf maintains a broad base of both political and public sector clients in industries including healthcare, real estate, unions, finance, education, construction, and gaming. Current and former Sheinkopf clients include Van Wagner, Teamsters Local 237, Verizon, Elections Systems and Software, Lincoln Equities Group, CGI, Sovereign Bank, Home Depot, Met Tel, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the New York Restaurant Association and many others.

PATRICIA GUY, Diplomat in Residence


TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014, 9:30 AM TO 10:30 AM, 1:45 PM TO 2:45 PM , L72.00 New Building

Before being named Diplomat in Residence at City College New York, Patricia H.H. Guy was the Counselor for Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, where she was responsible for the Embassy's press and cultural programs throughout Romania. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, DIR Guy enjoyed a 21-year career as a journalist, covering the courts and judiciary for the Honolulu (Hi.) Star-Bulletin and reported on the media industry for USA TODAY.

KIRA CORDOBA-BROWN, Vice President and Consumer Banking Program Manager of Citibank


TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014, 9:30 AM TO 10:30 AM, L72.00 New Building

Kira is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the Analyst and Management Associate development programs within Citi’s Consumer Business, including Citi Cards, Citi Mortgage, Citi Retail Services (among others). This includes coordinating training and program rotations, as well as handling immigration and employee relations matters. Prior to that role, Kira served as a Diversity Recruiting Manager on Citi’s Graduate Recruitment team responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of strategies to attract and recruit top diverse talent into Citi's Summer and Full-time Analyst and Associate Programs.

Criminal Lawyer, Shearman & Sterling LLP


TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014, 1:45 PM TO 2:45 PM, L72.00 New Building

Paula Howell Anderson is a partner in the firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she works in the Litigation Group and has built an international reputation in such areas as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, antitrust and international arbitration. Her clients have included global leaders in the finance, insurance, automotive, telecommunications, oil and gas, engineering, media and entertainment, and manufacturing industries. She has served on the firm's Diversity Committee and co-chaired its Black Lawyers Affinity Group. In addition to her work as a litigator, Ms. Anderson has done extensive pro bono work teaching Advanced Trial Advocacy Training programs for prosecutors at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and has been a faculty member for a training program for prosecutors at the International Criminal Court. Ms. Anderson earned her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she was class valedictorian, and her law degree from Harvard Law School.

SYLVIA HAMER, Chief Diversity Officer of the New York Power Authority


TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014, 9:30 AM TO 10:30 AM, L72.00 New Building

In 2011, Sylvia B. Hamer arrived at the New York Power Authority after working in numerous positions in New York State and local government. As the Chief Diversity Officer, Hamer reviews corporate policies and procedures and directs the alignment of workforce and supplier diversity initiatives. Prior to her current position, Hamer was the Chief of Staff and EVP for Corporate Affairs at the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations, she provided counsel and guidance on critical issues, including the corporation’s Chapter 9 Bankruptcy proceeding, assisted in the development of a crisis management and restructuring plan, and was instrumental in proposing revisions to the statutory regime governing the racing industry. Hamer was also the Deputy Secretary for Technology, Operations and Gaming of New York State Executive Chamber from June 2008 to November 2009. 

Past Professionals In Residence Include:

FALL 2013

  • Patricia Scroggs, Program Manager at the Rangel International Affairs Program. “Practicing Public Diplomacy.”
  • Cid Wilson, Managing Director at Princeton Securities Group. “A Career In Financial Analysis.”
  • Norma Poll-Hunter, Director of Human Capital Portfolio at the Association of American Medical Colleges. “Careers in Psychology and Medicine.”
  • John Lenoir, Managing Director at Key Point Government Solutions. “A Career in Security Management and Law.”
  • Jesse Hartness, Acting Director of Emergency Health and Nutrition at Save the Children USA. “A Career in International Affairs.”
  • Rossana Rosado, Publisher and CEO of El Diario La Prensa. “A Career in Journalism.”
  • Clinton Lacey, Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Probation. “A Career in Social Services.”




  • Johnny Marines, Manager, Romeo Santos. “A Career in Entertainment Management.”
  • Alan Blass, Director, Fuoco Fraud and Forensics. “A Career in Forensic Accounting.”
  • Rossana Rosado, Publisher and CEO, El Diario La Prensa. “El Liderazgo De Latinas: A Career in Journalism and Public Service.”
  • Ron Moelis, Chief Executive Officer of L+M Development Partners Inc. “A Career In Law, Real Estate, & Public Service.”

For more information about the Professionals In Residence series, please contact Chantelle Wright, Associate Director at the Center for Career & Professional Development, at (212) 237-8754.