Ms. Blackwell completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago, as an Economics major; earned her Juris Doctorate at Columbia University School of Law; and also earned her LLM in Oil and Gas Law from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen Scotland where she is focused on the laws surrounding the hydrofracking industry in the United States.
She began her career on Wall Street as an attorney with Thacher Proffitt & Wood and later with Nixon Hargrave Devans & Doyle and worked on Wall Street for many years developing expertise in business and contract matters and in financing large public works projects, including water and sewer systems, airports, seaports, public hospitals, and single and multifamily housing projects for municipalities throughout the country.
Eventually she became the client, serving as Chief Financial Officer of the City of Atlanta where she supervised the issuance of debt for the Atlanta Jackson-Hartsfield International Airport; issuance of debt for expansion of the Atlanta water and sewer system; and the restructuring of the outstanding debt for a retail mall known as Underground Atlanta. Subsequently, Ms. Blackwell also became the CFO for the Port of Oakland, which includes an Airport, as well as the most active Seaport in the north west region of the country, and a major retail mall in downtown Oakland known as Jack London Square. Here she also managed the debt portfolio and capital budgets for the expansion of the Airport as well as the expansion of the Seaport.
Ms. Blackwell also served as the City Purchaser and Director of Contract Administration for the City of San Francisco, with oversight responsibility for procurement of all materials and supplies for the City and its hospitals, transportation system, its Port and its Airport. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce; as the Treasurer of the Northern California Supplier Development Council; and as a member of the Oakland Workforce Development Board. Through these positions she developed expertise in the legal issues pertaining to government procurement, and issues facing disadvantaged and MWBE contractors.
In 2009 Ms. Blackwell returned to the full-time practice of law and became Deputy Council for the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, focusing on public finance and environmental law and providing legal support for the issuance of Water & Sewer debt and issuance of debt for wind energy and biofuel projects through the state’s revolving fund for municipalities throughout the state.
- Corporate Finance
- Public Finance
- LL.M., Robert Gordon University
- J.D., Columbia University School of Law
- B.S., University of Chicago
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Board Member, California Local Investments Advisory Board
- Board Member, Oak Cliff YMCA
- Treasurer (former), 100 Black Women of the Bay Area
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