In January 2018, Ms. Greene began working as a consultant, providing clients with support in community engagement; corporate social responsibility; diversity, equity, and inclusion; government relations; social impact; and thought leadership.
In 2015, Ms. Greene was appointed by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor. In this role, Ms. Greene developed and implemented economic and workforce development initiatives for state agencies and authorities. In addition, Ms. Greene managed all aspects of Governor Cuomo’s statewide Minority– and Women–owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program, which includes 96 agencies and authorities. She oversaw the creation of business development programs for more than 8,300 state–certified MWBEs. During Ms. Greene’s tenure, utilization MWBEs steadily increased, resulting in MWBEs winning more than $7.7 billion in state contracts.
Prior to her appointment as a Senior Policy Advisor, Ms. Greene served as an Empire State Fellow—a competitive, two-year leadership training program for mid–career professionals aspiring to enter policy–based roles in New York State government. As a Fellow, she assisted in the creation of policies in support of Governor Cuomo’s civil rights and labor agendas. Ms. Greene was the Team Lead for the Governor’s Nail Salon Industry Enforcement Task Force (Task Force) and managed the implementation of strategic plans designed to protect marginalized workers. Within one year, the Task Force ordered 143 nail salons to pay $2 million in unpaid wages and damages to more than 652 workers. Ms. Greene also led the Task Force’s “Know Your Rights” education campaign, which directly engaged with more than 3,000 nail salon workers, owners, and advocates throughout the state.
Before joining the Governor Cuomo’s administration, Ms. Greene served as a Legal Associate at the Office of Labor and Employee Relations within the Newark Public Schools (NPS) in Newark, New Jersey. She was responsible for the negotiation and compliance of collective bargaining agreements between NPS and eight local labor unions impacting approximately 3,000 employees. In addition, Ms. Greene investigated and represented NPS in all labor-related arbitrations, grievances, and disciplinary actions. Ms. Greene’s tenure at NPS included roles in the Office of the General Counsel and Office of Innovation and Change, where she addressed a variety of issues pertaining to employment, public contracts, constitutional, and special education law. Ms. Greene also created legal mechanisms necessary to open new, non-traditional schools, such as BRICK Academy and assisted in the implementation of federally funded School Improvement Grants (SIG).
Ms. Greene began her professional career with Habitat for Humanity in Washington, DC. She first served as a Construction Crew Leader and built homes for families who were unable to secure a mortgage through traditional finance methods. Ms. Greene then supervised and provided construction training to 25 at-risk youth for the Sasha Bruce Youthbuild Program.
In 2017, City and State Magazine recognized Ms. Greene as one of its 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. In 2015, Ms. Greene received an Outstanding Women Award from the Women Builders Council (WBC).
Ms. Greene earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from Boston College, a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a Master of Arts in Sociology and Education from Columbia University.