Term of Service through
Chairperson Marilyn J. Flood : May 31, 2018
Commissioner Tilden J. LeMelle : May 31, 2020
Commissioner Elaine S. Reiss : May 31, 2016
Maxine Rothenberg, Executive Secretary
Commissioner Marilyn J. Flood has been on the Commission since 1994 and was appointed Chairperson on June 1, 2004. She is currently the Counsel to the New York County Lawyers' Association and Executive Director of its Foundation. Previously she was the Associate Director for Programs of the YWCA of the City of New York. Prior to that position, she served over 20 years in New York City government, including several years with direct involvement with civil service exams, personnel policies and employee and labor relations. For 14 years, she was the Executive Director of the Commission on the Status of Women in the Mayor's Office.
Her current volunteer commitments include serving as a member of the Vassar College Career Advisory Project. Previously she was on the Board of the New York County Lawyers' Association, Treasurer of the National Association of Commissions for Women and a member of the New York State Commissioner of Labor's Task Force on Displaced Homemakers and the Advisory Council to the New York State Division of Human Rights.
Commissioner Flood was awarded a Baccalaureate Degree cum laude from Vassar College, a Masters in Public Administration from New York University with distinction on her comprehensive exams, and a Juris Doctor Degree magna cum laude from New York Law School.
She received the Special Recognition Award from the Women's Advisors Program of New York City and was inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers of the YWCA of the City of New York.
Commissioner Tilden J. LeMelle, was appointed by the Board of Trustees to the CUNY Civil Service Commission on April 1, l997. Commissioner LeMelle has had a distinguished career in higher education, serving in a series of administrative positions in the University. He served as Associate Provost and Acting Provost, Provost/Vice President, and Acting President of Hunter College, and Acting President of New York City Technical College. He also served as an Acting Vice-Chancellor of CUNY before retiring. He was also Professor and Chair of the Department of Black & Puerto Rican Studies and Chairman/Director of the Department of Academic Skills/SEEK Program at Hunter College. Most recently, Dr. LeMelle served as President of the University of the District of Columbia from 8/91-11/96. He is currently retired.
Dr. LeMelle received the Baccalaureate degree in 1953 and the Master's Degree in 1958 in English and Comparative World Literature from Xavier University, New Orleans, and a Doctorate in International Relations from the Graduate School of International Studies of the University of Colorado, Denver in 1965.
He has had a distinguished career in higher education including membership in many professional societies, Board memberships, and has received many academic and professional honors including the New York Urban League Building Brick Award in 1991.
He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Board of Trustees of The Social Science Foundation in Denver, Colorado, The American Committee on Africa, Chairman of The Board of Trustees of the African Fund in N.Y.C., and Chairman of The Board of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program Advisory Board. He also serves as a reviewer and consultant for The National Science Foundation and is a publisher of the journal Africa Today. He was a founding member and national officer of the African Heritage Studies Association. In addition, he has published extensively on American foreign policy, domestic and international race relations and on public higher education.
Commissioner Elaine S. Reiss was appointed by the Board of Trustees to the CUNY Civil Service Commission on June 1, 2006. Commissioner Reiss has had a distinguished career in city government, telecommunications, publishing, advertising, and the public sector. She is currently on the faculty of Brooklyn Law School and Chairs the Administrative Law Committee of the City Bar Association.
She served for over 20 years in many titles as head of the in house legal department at Ogilvy & Mather culminating as General Counsel, Executive Vice-President, and Secretary of the Ogilvy Group, a global public company in the Communications business. In addition, she was General Counsel and acting Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Employment before going to the New York City Department of Information, Technology and Telecommunications.
Previously she was the Director of the Council of Better Business Bureau National Advertising Division (NAD). She served as a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute's (PLI) seminar on Communications Law Seminar for over 20 years as an Expert on Advertising.
Ms. Reiss has had a distinguished career serving as a board member in many diverse organizations including: Ogilvy and Mather, Inc., The Legal Aid Society, Columbia School of Social Work Workplace Center, ABA Fund for Justice and Education, American Corporate Counsel Association, New York Chapter, New York Civil Liberties Association, and The Columbia School of Law Alumni Association. She has served on many Bar Association Committees.
Ms. Reiss received the Baccalaureate degree in 1961, an (LLB) in 1964 from Columbia University Law School, and a Masters of Law (LLM) in 1973 in Trade Regulation from New York University. She also completed the Executive Training Program at Stanford Graduate Business School in 1985.