Carol A. Robles-Román

Carol A. Robles-Román

Class of 2014

Carol A. Robles-Román currently serves as president and CEO of Legal Momentum, a defense and education fund dedicated to ensuring economic and personal security for women and girls.

Robles-Román previously served as the Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where she led reform efforts that improve the public access to justice and city services. She oversaw several city agencies and advises the Mayor and the executive branch on legal policy issues including judicial selection for the Criminal and Family Court, compliance and enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, police oversight, disability and access laws, domestic violence, and immigration. Most recently, the Legal Affairs team oversaw several public/private initiatives and operational reforms:

  • She was the primary power behind New York City’s “Let’s Call an End to Human Trafficking” multimedia initiative.
  • She spearheaded the need for language access services for constituents who interact with city agencies. This led to the signing of Executive Order 120 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, which requires city agencies to provide translation services in the six languages most widely spoken by New Yorkers.
  • She proposed an amendment to the City Charter so that the City could take greater advantage of OATH’s independence, professionalism and expertise in tribunal administration by consolidating the administrative tribunals.
  • She redefined how the City proactively responds to domestic violence with the establishment of the state-of-the-art Family Justice Centers, with dedicated prosecutors, civil attorneys, and social service providers under one roof.

She began her legal career as a corporate lawyer, and later joined the public sector as a court attorney. She later held executive posts where she oversaw statewide court operations, including Special Counsel to then Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman. Her professional career includes executive posts in law, business, and management, including her economic development work as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO). At Pridco, she oversaw their continental U.S. economic development operations and marketing initiatives and promoted relocation and retention of Fortune 500 companies to Puerto Rico.

Robles-Román’s accomplishments have been recognized by bar associations, community groups, media, and business organizations. A strong advocate of education and mentoring, she serves on the board of the City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban public university that comprises 23 institutions. She also serves on the board of the Fordham University at Lincoln Center Board of Advisors and the New York University School of Law Alumni Association. She holds a J. D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Fordham University at Lincoln Center.