Meet Jacqueline Ebanks: Executive Director of New York City’s Commission on Gender Equity

Jacqueline Ebanks was appointed as Executive Director of New York City’s Commission on Gender Equity in August of 2017. The Commission, which was established in 2015 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, seeks to promote initiatives that will reduce gender-based inequity and make New York City a more inclusive space for women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming citizens. In this role, Ebanks will oversee these initiatives.

Ebanks has a career enduring over 30 years, tackling various issues including “economic, gender and racial equity as well as racial justice.” Before joining the de Blasio Administration, she served as the Executive Director of the Women’s City Club of New York.

“I was there [from] 2014 to 2017 at the moment in which we found ourselves, which was that women really needed– again, there needed to be a rebirth, a renaissance of civic engagement and that women needed to be an integral part of that rebirth.”Jacqueline Ebanks, in an interview with the Observer

In her new position as Executive Director of the Commission on Gender Equity, Ebanks hopes to ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of gender or sexual identity, have “a place in this city.”

 

Kesi Felton

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Kési Felton is a junior Journalism major from Atlanta, Georgia.She currently serves as the Content Director for Her Campus Howard and the Director of Communications for the Howard University Student Association. In addition to writing her own personal blog, she has written articles for The Hilltop, Walker's Legacy and Pretty Girls Sweat, LLC. Through digital storytelling, Kési hopes to amplify the voices and stories of underrepresented communities, beginning with Black women.

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