Selena Mendy Singleton
Selena Mendy Singleton, Chief Operating Officer at NAFEO, returns to NAFEO after working with U.S. Representative Donna Edwards for the past 8 years. As the Senior Congressional Outreach Representative for U.S. Representative Donna Edwards, she provided strategic leadership, design, and implementation for outreach and engagement in the 4th Congressional District of Maryland. She worked directly with a vast network of thought leaders from Federal and State governments, the private sector, philanthropy, and nonprofits in order to maximize constituent outreach. Selena designed a variety of public events, including a recent roundtable on environmental challenges in Maryland, and a Capitol Hill briefing on environmental justice. Her passion for “pipeline” development led her to conceive of an annual STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) Forum on Capitol Hill, now in its seventh year.
Selena previously served as Chief of Programs and Director of Government Relations at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, and prior to that was the Executive Vice President of TransAfrica Forum where she founded, coordinated, and directed a legislative and advocacy campaign – One Standard! to ensure fair and just immigration policies for Haitian refugees. A former environmental justice attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Selena was part of the legal team which developed a precedent setting, multifaceted strategy to assure the relocation of a low-income, African-American community from the perils associated with a Superfund site. She interpreted various environmental laws and regulations and adapted housing, education, and transportation laws to advocate for residents. Before joining the Lawyers' Committee, Selena served as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton. A human rights advocate, Selena interned for the Legal Resources Foundation in Zimbabwe, and was the first African American to clerk for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe.
Committed to community service, Selena was appointed by the Montgomery County, Maryland County Executive to the Montgomery County Commission on Human Rights. As a Commissioner for five years, she conceived of and coordinated forums which involved difficult, complex, and controversial subjects. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Manna Food Center (and is the immediate past Board Chair) and also serves on the Manna Advocacy Task Force.
Selena holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in Career Counseling from the College of New Rochelle, and a Bachelor of Arts in Child Study from Tufts University.