Regional Director, Upper Manhattan
In June 2008, David Powell was appointed Regional Director for the Upper Manhattan Office of the New York State Division of Human Rights. He started his career with the Division in 1990 working as an investigator. He has also trained the Division staff on sexual harassment discrimination and was pivotal in the development of the Division’s diversity training.
Prior to joining the Division, Mr. Powell worked at the New York City Commission of Human Rights, where he was assigned to that agency’s Borough-wide Technical Assistance Unit in the Bronx. During his tenure at the City Commission, Mr. Powell was part of the team that collaborated with the New York City Police Academy in the development of their Ethical Awareness training. He also participated in the investigation of the fire bombing of homes in the Crown Heights community. In 1981, Mr. Powell became the first Executive Director of the Morrisania Revitalization Corporation (MRC), a not-for-profit housing and local development corporation in the South Bronx. While there, he developed the first permanent housing residence for single homeless individuals in the Bronx.
Mr. Powell holds a B.A. in English from Xavier University of Louisiana.