Executives In Residence

Executives In Residence

Executives in Residence

The Executives In Residence series is an initiative of the John Jay College Center for Career & Professional Development to provide opportunities for career exploration, networking, and mentorship to students and alumni. Since debuting in 2012, the Center has brought senior industry leaders to John Jay College to offer advice and guidance as students develop the “soft skills” of networking and interviewing and make informed, thoughtful career decisions.

Executives In Residence events are followed by an opportunity for students and professionals to engage in one-on-one mentoring and networking. All students and alumni should RSVP on John Jay Careers Online to attend!

Upcoming Executives In Residence Events:     

Rudy RacineRudy Racine, Certified Career & Leadership Coach and Founder of HireLearners.

Careers in Non-Profit with Rudy Racine
April 16, 2020, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Rudy Racine is a Certified Career & Leadership Coach and Founder of HireLearners. He is committed to helping individuals identify their passion and strategically move closer to achieving their goals. In addition, Rudy is the Vice President of WeCARE Operations with ResCare Workforce Services. In this role, he manages a workforce development program designed to help low-income New York City residents overcome barriers to employment and become financially self-sufficient.

Rudy holds a Masters of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Hofstra University. He has held a variety of positions throughout his career aimed at helping individuals secure employment. His experience has ranged from working as a Regional Recruiting Supervisor in the NYC Metro Area to serving as a Director of Career Services in both New York City and Southern New Hampshire.

Today, Rudy prides himself on his motivational approach with clients and his firm belief that anything is possible if one is willing to put in the right amount of effort. He is committed to helping guide his clients towards achieving the success they define for themselves.

Ayanna ScottAyanna Sorett

My Career as an Assistant District Attorney with Ayanna Sorett April 20, 2020, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Ayanna Sorett is a Fellow at Columbia University's Center for Justice and a lecturer in the Department of African and African American Diaspora Studies. Before her time at Columbia University, Ms. Sorett spent 15 years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. At the D.A.'s Office, Ms. Sorett began her career in the Trial Division, where she prosecuted violent street crimes as well as domestic violence and identity theft cases. She has also prosecuted white-collar cases in the office's Investigation Division. Ms. Sorett also spent time in the Crime Strategies Unit in the Manhattan DA's Office, where she was responsible for coordinating law enforcement strategies in Central Park, the Upper West Side, and Central Harlem. Ms. Sorett concluded her tenure in the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit, where she prosecuted homicides, gangs, and gun trafficking conspiracies. Ayanna is a graduate of Tufts University and Northeastern University School of Law.


Gail SealyGail Sealey

Careers as a New York City Probation Officer with Gail Sealey May 8, 2020, 9:30 AM – 11:00 A

Gail Sealey has over 25 years working for the New York City Department of Probation. She began her career as an Investigative Probation Officer. Where she was responsible for interviewing and gathering all pertinent information from defendants by compiling personal and confidential information that had a direct effect on the Courts decisions in sentencing. 

She then secured a promotional opportunity within the Court Liaison Unit which handles the violations of probation. It was her duty to act as a representative for the Department of Probation in a capacity that insured probation clients are held responsible for non-compliance with the department's directives as initially rendered by the court.

Gail Sealey continued to pursue professional growth in her field and served in the Neighborhood Outreach Network (NeON). This program has satellite offices that are generally located in most of the probation clients' immediate neighborhoods. Reporting to probation is made more convenient for the clients and for the probation officers to be of assistance more readily. 

Currently, Gail serves as a Court Liaison Supervising Probation Officer for the Bronx County.


Past Executive In Residence Include: 

  SPRING 2016
  • Alden Foster. Policy Advisor to the Commissioner with the New York City Police Department. "A Career with the NYPD."

  • Brian Cairl. Managing Director and Director of Investigations with K2 Intelligence. "A Career in Security Management."

FALL 2015
  • Clement James. Assistant Director of Community Affairs, NYC Fire Department. “A Career in Public Service.”

  • Timyake Waithe. New York State Parole Officer, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. “Life as a New York State Parole Officer.”

  • Arelis Hernandez-Cruz. Chief of Staff, Community Affairs Unit in the Mayor’s Office. “A Career in Public Policy.”

  • Charles Williams. President and CEO, HDI Investigation. “A Career in Federal Law Enforcement.” 

SPRING 2015 
  • Eric Sandseth. Lieutenant, New York City Police Department. “A Career in The NYPD.”

  • Jenifer Rajkumar. Civil Rights Lawyer, Sanford Heisler Kimpel LLP. “Life As a Civil Rights Lawyer.”

  • Maria Otero. Designated Executive Officer, the New York City Police Department. “Rising Through the Ranks.”

  • Ted Lotti. Deputy Director for Corporate Security, Hearst Corporation. “A Career in Security Management.”

FALL 2014 
  • Ana Escrogima. Diplomat in Residence, the United States Department of States. “A Career in Public Diplomacy.”

  • Bill Priestap. Special Agent in Charge, the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “A Career in Federal Law Enforcement.”

  • Denora Getachew. Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel, Brennan Justice Center at NYU. “A Career in Law.”

  • Gary Butts, MD. Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Mount Sinai Health System. “A Career In Medicine.”

  • Brian Kagan, DPM. Podiatric Consultant, Private Practice. “A Career in Forensic Podiatry.” 

For more information about the Professionals In Residence series, please contact Chantelle Wright, Associate Director at the Center for Career & Professional Development, at (212) 237-8754. To For more information about the Executives In Residence Series, please contact Jessica Lawes, Student Career Program Specialist/Advisor at the Center for Career & Professional Development, at (212) 237-8754.