Anta Cissé-Green is Senior Vice Chancellor & General Counsel for The State University of New York Office of General Counsel. As General Counsel, Anta serves as the chief legal officer to the SUNY Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, System Administration and the presidents of the state-operated campuses. Anta manages and supervises the SUNY Office of General Counsel consisting of 45 experienced higher education attorneys, and paralegals, located in Albany at the System Administration headquarters and in campus-based offices at the four University Centers, Health Science Centers, and various colleges across SUNY’s 64 campuses.
CARL FORBES, JR.President-Elect
Carl Forbes Jr. is Founder and Principal Attorney of Carl Forbes Jr. Law Firm PLLC, a general service New York law firm with an emphasis on Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate; Estate Administration, and Estate Litigation. He is also Adjunct Professor at New York Law School.
JUSTINA K. RIVERAVice President - Membership
Justina is an experienced trial attorney who focuses her practice in the areas of complex torts and toxic tort litigation, medical malpractice and internal corporate investigations. She currently serves as First Deputy General Counsel at the NYC Office of the Comptroller.
TANISHA S. MCKNIGHTVice President - Finance
Tanisha S. McKnight is an executive member of The Children’s Law Center of New York’s (CLC) as the Deputy Director of Paralegal; Volunteer Services. In addition to managing the city-wide paralegal team, she practices law in a number of areas including custody, visitation, domestic violence and child protective proceedings.
MALIKAH FULTONVice President, Programs
Tchad LovellVice President, CLE and Professional Development
Paula T. Edgar, Esq., is a partner of Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC, a consulting firm that provides innovative and strategic solutions on organizational diversity efforts, intercultural fluency initiatives, sexual harassment prevention, and EEO compliance. Paula speaks and consults on these and other topics by facilitating workshops, conducting live and virtual professional development training, delivering keynote speeches, and coaching executives. Paula is an expert in inclusive executive/leadership development, personal branding, networking, social media, and career strategies. Paula is a past President of the MBBA.
Areal Allen-StewartGeneral Counsel
Esther B CajusteChief of Staff
Esther B. Cajuste is a New York City native, a first-generation American of Haitian descent and joins MBBA’s leadership team as a Co-Chief of Staff. Esther currently serves as the Senior Court Attorney for Judge Ariel Chesler in Bronx Family Court performing legal research, drafting orders and opinions and overall assisting the Judge with managing a wide range of family court matters regarding custody, visitation, family offenses and child support.