B.A., Government, 1975
Partner/Principal (ret.), Ernst & Young, New York
Having retired after a 35-year career as a prominent tax lawyer, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson is pleased to be able to devote more time to alumni affairs. After all, noted Garrett-Nelson, the College named a classroom after her, as well as naming her Distinguished Alumna of the Year in 2014.
“I found my voice at John Jay,” said Garrett-Nelson, “and received a great education that prepared me to tackle the rigors of a top 10 law school. Since retiring, my involvement as an alumna has been one of the more rewarding ways I have found to ‘give back’ to society, and to the institution that started me on my way.”
Garrett-Nelson said then-President Lynch and other
faculty members were instrumental in her gaining admission to New York University School of Law, from which she received her law degree in 1978.
John Jay was also where Garrett-Nelson discovered and polished her writing skills. She was contributing editor to a publication called “Liberation,” which counted among its advisers Professor Blanche Wiesen Cook, now a Distinguished Professor of History and author of a multi-volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, and
English Professor Audre Lorde, who later became Poet Laureate of New York.
“Only in hindsight did I understand how fortunate we were to have such gifted mentors,” Garrett-Nelson said. “I especially remember Professor Lorde’s patience as she once corrected my pronunciation of a word!”
For further information about the Founding Generation Spotlight, contact Jerylle M. Kemp, JD,
Director, Alumni Relations, 212-237-8964, email@example.com