Afua Atta-Mensah is CVH’s new Executive Director, starting September 2016. She had served as a member of CVH’s Board of Directors since 2008, so she is already very invested in CVH’s mission and vision Afua, who is a Harlem resident, holds a law degree from Fordham Univ. School of Law, and a BA in Sociology and African American History from Trinity College. Afua was previously the Director of Litigation for the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center where she oversaw the project’s affirmative litigation on behalf of plaintiff classes and individuals in federal and state courts. Prior to her tenure at the Urban Justice Center, Afua worked for the Center for Working Families and the Legal Aid Society.
Ms. Atta-Mensah was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in support of her work at the International Federation of Women Attorneys (FIDA) in Accra, Ghana. While in Ghana, Ms. Atta-Mensah advocated on behalf of indigent women living in the Ashanti Region before regional and local courts seeking the equitable distribution of household property after the dissolution of a marriage. She also worked with area lawyers to develop proposed legislation, for a marital rape law, and served as a visiting lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where she taught a course on women’s rights in the context of Ashanti-tribal law. Ms. Atta-Mensah has dedicated her career to public interest law working on behalf historically disadvantaged communities throughout New York. She has also worked as a policy-adviser to community based organizations and as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law. Ms. Atta-Mensah has been a member of the Manhattan Borough President’s African Leadership Council, a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Barnabas Hospital, the Board of Governors of the Healthcare Trustees of New York State, and African Communities Together.