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Jessie Rose named CEO of Brooklyn Legal Services Corp A

August 3, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Jessie Rose has been with Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A since 2004 and will now replace Paul Acinapura as the organization’s CEO. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
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Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A officially named Jessie Rose as its new CEO on Thursday. Rose takes over for CEO Paul Acinapura.

“I — and we — are truly blessed to have such an extraordinary and well prepared successor to Paul Acinapura and me in sustaining and growing Brooklyn A’s service to our community and the neighborhood organizations and community coalitions that we serve and represent,” said Martin S. Needelman.

Needleman is also stepping down from his titles of executive director and general counsel, although he will stay with the organization as chief counsel emeritus.

In addition to Rose, other changes coming to Brooklyn A are the additions of Shekar Krishnan, who will take over as leader of external relations; Greg Louis, who will fill Krishnan’s role as director of the group representation team; and Meah Clay, who will become the director of community and economic development.

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“Congratulations to Jessie and the others and really to us all with these exciting and great transitions,” Needelman said.

Rose, a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Cornell University and Fordham University School of Law, joined Brooklyn A in 2004 as a staff attorney and eventually became director of the community and economic development program in 2008.

Prior to her work with Brooklyn A, she was an associate at the public finance firm Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP., and worked as a paralegal in the civil division of the Legal Aid Society prior to law school.


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