Commissioner Elaine S. Reiss, CUNY Civil Service Commission

Term of Service through May 31, 2016

Commissioner Elaine S. Reiss was appointed by the Board of Trustees to the CUNY Civil Service Commission on June 1, 2006. Commissioner Reiss has had a distinguished career in city government, telecommunications, publishing, advertising, and the public sector. She is currently on the faculty of Brooklyn Law School and Chairs the Administrative Law Committee of the City Bar Association.

She served for over 20 years in many titles as head of the in house legal department at Ogilvy & Mather culminating as General Counsel, Executive Vice-President, and Secretary of the Ogilvy Group, a global public company in the Communications business. In addition, she was General Counsel and acting Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Employment before going to the New York City Department of Information, Technology and Telecommunications.

Previously she was the Director of the Council of Better Business Bureau National Advertising Division (NAD). She served as a faculty member of the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) seminar on Communications Law Seminar for over 20 years as an Expert on Advertising.

Ms. Reiss has had a distinguished career serving as a board member in many diverse organizations including: Ogilvy and Mather, Inc., The Legal Aid Society, Columbia School of Social Work Workplace Center, ABA Fund for Justice and Education, American Corporate Counsel Association, New York Chapter, New York Civil Liberties Association, and The Columbia School of Law Alumni Association. She has served on many Bar Association Committees.

Ms. Reiss received the Baccalaureate degree in 1961, an (LLB) in 1964 from Columbia University Law School, and a Masters of Law (LLM) in 1973 in Trade Regulation from New York University. She also completed the Executive Training Program at Stanford Graduate Business School in 1985.

Commissioner Linda T. Chin was appointed to the CUNY Civil Service in September 2016. She has been teaching at St. John’s University since 2006. Professor Chin also served as Legal Counsel at Hunter College, practiced corporate law at Con Edison and served as General Counsel for the New York State Judicial Commission on Minorities. In addition, Professor Chin was the Director of Personnel for the former Division of High Schools of the New York City Department of Education.

Professor Chin received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the City College of New York, and her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. She also received a Master of Arts in Languages and Literature from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Pace University.

Commissioner Gary Johnson served as Executive Legal Counsel at Medgar Evers College from 2013 to 2016. Admitted to the practice of law in 1986, he served as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s office, as an assistant counsel at the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER), and as an associate counsel at the NYS Office of Court Administration and New York State United Teachers. He was an administrative law judge at the NYS Public Employment Relations Board, where he also served as director of litigation for 10 years. He served as the State of New York’s director of employee relations at GOER, under Governors Spitzer, Paterson, and Cuomo, from 2007 to 2013. He has been a member of the CUNY Civil Service Commission since 2016.