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First Deputy Commissioner

Valerie P. Dent was appointed as First Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Division of Human Rights in June 2013. In her role, she serves as the chief administrative officer of the agency.  During her tenure at the Division, she has brought much needed attention to implementing efficiencies and maximizing resources and productivity while continuing to strengthen the agency's presence around the State. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Dent has sought opportunities to work within the intersection of the public/private sphere including serving as Associate Counsel of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone where she oversaw grant and loan closings for the multi-million dollar economic development organization; as Associate Counsel at three of the largest business improvement districts (BIDs) in New York City (the Grand Central Partnership, 34th Street Partnership and Bryant Park Restoration Corporation); as Vice-President of Clear Channel Adshel where she worked with municipalities on providing public amenities subsidized by outdoor advertising, and as an Associate in the Public Finance department of the law firm Mudge Rose Alexander Guthrie and Ferdon.

Ms. Dent, a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Columbia Law School, is married to David Dent, a Professor of Journalism at New York University.