Director of Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice
Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, and Health Care Access
Shena comes to CPD from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a civil rights law firm committed to advancing health justice, environmental justice and disability rights through community lawyering and partnerships with the private bar, where she serves as the Director of the Health Justice (HJ) Program. At NYLPI, Shena works in collaboration with community groups on a number of campaigns to ensure that people from medically undeserved neighborhoods in New York have access to quality healthcare. Shena joined NYLPI in the summer of 2010 as a staff attorney in the HJ Program. Prior to joining NYLPI, Shena was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, where she worked on white-collar and anti-trust matters and provided pro bono representation to clients on a variety of family, criminal, and immigration law matters. Shena graduated from Yale Law School in 2008, where she served as Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 2004, with an A.B. in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in African-American studies.
Shena serves on the board of Gotham Health, Inc and Princeton AlumniCorps. Shena also serves as the Leader-in-Residence for Health Equity at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College, where she works closely with talented undergraduates on applied research projects related to advancing health justice.