On Thursday, December 14 th Michelle DePass, dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Public Urban Policy; and Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management at The New School, was recognized for her achievements in the field of Excellence in Education, setting new standards of excellence, dedication and leadership in improving her community and making transformative change by City and State as a 2017 CSR Responsible 100 honoree. The annual list “honors 100 of New York’s most outstanding corporate citizens.” DePass received her award during a ceremony led by May Malik, Director of Public/Private Partnerships, NYC Service Office of the Mayor.

At The New School, DePass also holds the position of director of the Tishman Environment and
Design Center and has worked to position The New School as an academic ally in the
environmental justice movement by bringing visiting scholars to the Tishman Center to co-
produce research on environmental justice issues including justice implications of the U.S.
EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Native and Indigenous resistance movements on climate change.
She also initiated efforts to advocate for and support equitable recovery for communities
impacted by natural disasters including hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma.

Prior to joining the EPA, DePass was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, with a portfolio
focused on the environment and community development, most notably green economy and
climate change, environmental health and justice and indigenous environmental rights. In her
two-decade career in sustainability and public service, DePass has also served as founding
Executive Director of the New York Environmental Justice Alliance, Senior Policy Advisor to
the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, environmental
manager for the City of San Jose, and co-founder of the Gulf Coast fund for community and
ecological renewal. A lawyer by training, DePass was also the Kunstler fellow for civil rights at
the Center for Constitutional Rights here in New York City. She is a sought after civil society
leader and has served on dozens of boards and advisory committees to government, NGO’s and
international organizations.

DePass’ tenure at The New School marks the latest achievement in a career steeped in the
environmental justice movement and a thoughtful approach to education. This semester DePass
co-taught a new course titled “Race in the USA” with New School faculty members Maya Wiley
(Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management, and Senior Vice President for Social
Justice) and Darrick Hamilton (Associate Professor of Economics and Urban Policy), the course
brought together prominent scholars, experts, thought leaders, and activists to examine such
issues as racial stratification, implicit bias, and the complex, intersectional relationships between
race, gender, and class. It also served to expand open education opportunities by being made
free to the public and available to livestream.
Also honored on Thursday was Kirsten Young, a 2010 graduate of the Milano School’s Master
of Science in Non-Profit Management. Young received an award for The Greater Good for her
work in corporate social responsibility. Young currently works as the Director of Corporate

Social Responsibility at Charter Communications. Prior to working at Charter Communications,
she served as the Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility for A&E Television prior to that. 

Milano is pleased to offer its congratulations to Dean DePass and Ms. Young as stellar examples
of social responsibility and excellence.