Anne Marie Goetz, clinical professor at the NYU SPS Center for Global Affairs (CGA), has been appointed to the New York City Commission on Gender Equity (CGE) by Mayor Eric Adams.
Goetz is one of nine new––and 15 reappointed––commissioners who will work with the executive director of the CGE, Jacqueline Ebanks, to advise the city on dismantling institutional and societal discrimination and inequities for girls, women, transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) persons. The 24 appointees are leaders, thinkers and activists who address gender-based inequalities in their work and who are committed to challenging gender barriers across New York City.
The Commission was created in 2015 and has three areas of focus: economic mobility and opportunity, health and reproductive justice, and safety. Among many achievements, it played a key role in the passage of a salary transparency law that requires New York City employers to disclose what they pay workers. This is expected to help expose and eliminate gender and other pay gaps.
A faculty member at CGA since 2014, Goetz is a political analyst and former policymaker with many years of experience at the United Nations (with UNIFEM and UN Women), where she worked on promoting gender equality, peacebuilding, and democratization. Along with her academic role at CGA, she is a Professorial Fellow Emeritus at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, a member of the Board of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, and she serves on the editorial boards of the journals Politics and Gender, and Gender and Development.
Goetz is currently researching the gender dynamics and implications of the drift towards illiberal democracy, particularly in conflict-affected states. She brings this extensive experience in international gender equality policy advocacy, as well as her experience in the challenging work of gender mainstreaming, to this pro bono appointment as a gender commissioner for the city.
“It is an honor to be appointed to support the CGE’s work in this complex and dynamic city,” said Goetz. “New York City is a place of opportunity and growth for so many people from a wide variety of backgrounds, and in all this rich diversity there should be zero tolerance for discrimination. I look forward to supporting Executive Director Ebanks and Mayor Adams in their work to make the city an inclusive and fair environment.”
In announcing the appointments, Mayor Adams said, “The Commission on Gender Equity is transforming lives by educating New Yorkers about economic mobility, safeguarding health and reproductive rights, and ensuring safety in our communities. I look forward to the continued collaboration across our agencies to reinforce equity and dismantle institutionalized practices that have been unfair for too long to people across our city.”