The functions of the Commission on Human Rights are set
forth in Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York,
the Human Rights Law: to foster mutual understanding and respect
among all persons in the City of New York and to encourage equality
of treatment for, and prevent discrimination against, any group or
The Commissioners, who are appointed by the Mayor to serve
in a non-salaried position, assist the Commissioner and Chair of the
City Commission on Human Rights, Patricia L. Gatling, in addressing
issues of discrimination citywide.
Dr. Calvin O. Butts III is the Pastor of the Abyssinian
Baptist Church and one of the founders of the Abyssinian Development
Corporation as well as the President of the State University of
New York College at Old Westbury. He is President of the Council
of Churches of the City of New York and Vice-Chair of the Board
of Directors of the United Way of New York City. Dr. Butts received
an M.A. from Union Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from Drew
Eda Harris-Hastick is a tenured Professor
of Social Work at Medgar Evers College (MEC) of the City University
of New York and a licensed clinical social worker with over
35 years experience. Previously, she served as Director of
College Counseling Services and Chairperson of Special Programs
at MEC; Assistant Chief of Alcoholism Services at Harlem Hospital
Center; and Administrator at NYC Department of Mental Health,
Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services....
Hibsher, Esq., is a Litigation
Partner at Bryan Cave, LLP in New York City. Prior to
joining Bryan Cave, he was a partner at Teitelbaum,
Hiller, Rodman, Paden & Hibsher,
P.C. Previously, Mr. Hibsher served as an Assistant United
States Attorney in the Southern District of New York
where he headed the Civil Rights Unit...
Renee Lobo has been a producer, broadcast journalist, investigative reporter, and anchor for International Television for nearly 15 years, serving the South Asian community. Ms. Lobo is also a community leader and activist who has spent 20 years assisting new immigrants by providing access to services and programs, often highlighting the issues that most impact this group in the media...
Haskel Lookstein has been Rabbi of Congregation Kehilath
Jeshurun since 1959 and Principal of the Ramaz School since 1966.
Rabbi Lookstein is a Professor of Homiletics at Yeshiva University,
Vice President of the Beth Din of America and a member of the
Board of Directors of the Joint Distribution Committee. He received
his B.A. from Columbia College and earned his Ordination, M.A.
and Ph.D. from Yeshiva University.
Lyu-Volckhausen is President of the Tiger Baron Foundation
and currently serves as Senior Advisor to City Council Member John
Liu. Ms. Lyu-Volckhausen is a founding member of Koreans for Civic
Action (KALCA), Coalition of Korean American Voters (C-KAV) and
Black-Korean American Mediation Project. She received an M.A. from
New York University.
T. Mohammedi, Esq., is an attorney who specializes
in employment discrimination and corporate and real estate
transactions. Previously, he worked as an attorney with
the National Muslim Merchants Association, and the law
firms of Anderson, Kill, & Olick and Sherman &
Sterling. He serves as President of the 9/11 Coalition for Constitutional
& Human Rights and President of the New York...
Derek Bryson Park is a Managing Director at Mahler & Emmerson
Inc., an asset management firm and affiliate of Brean
Murray Carret & Co. As former Managing Director of Cohane
Rafferty/Lehman Brothers Inc, he was responsible for
and a part of their Investment Banking and Fixed Income
Divisions. He was appointed by President Clinton to serve
as Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank. He also serves
as: Vice-Chair of the NYC Industrial Development...
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik is presently the Executive
Vice President (and former President) of the New York Board of
Rabbis, the largest international body of its kind in the world
and also serves as Senior Rabbi at Congregation Mt. Sinai in Brooklyn
Heights. He co-hosts WABC's Talk Radio "Religion on the Line"
every Sunday morning and is the religious commentator for 1010
WINS Radio. He also hosts the award winning weekly television
series "Faith to Faith" and has ...