Program Committee


Anta Cisse-Green, VP of Programming

Anta Cissé-Green is Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal Operations at NYU Langone Health with primary responsibility for advising the development department with respect to agreements for gifts and bequests, trust and estate administration, not-for-profit legal and taxation issues and general contracting for activities of the development department at the Medical Center and the NYU School of Medicine.

Anta received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, summa cum laude, and her L.L.M. in Tax from NYU School of Law. Immediately prior to joining NYU Langone Medical Center in 2016, Anta was Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the firm’s private client services section of the tax group where she advised wealthy individuals on the development of tax efficient vehicles for the transfer of wealth, complex estate and trust administration issues, charitable planning strategies and the formation and governance of tax exempt organizations. Previously, Anta was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and law clerk to the Honorable Lois Bloom, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
In 2016, Anta was named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys and a member of the Executive Committee for The National Advocates. In 2015, Anta was honored by the New York Law Journal as a “Lawyer Who Leads By Example” in recognition of her years of commitment to providing pro bono legal services to underrepresented New Yorkers. Anta was also named as a New York Metro Area Rising Star by Superlawyers in the area of tax and estate planning.

Anta Cissé-Green is Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal Operations at NYU Langone Health with primary responsibility for advising the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs on a variety of fundraising and tax-related legal matters including drafting and negotiating agreements for gifts and bequests, administration of bequests from trusts and estates, not-for-profit legal and taxation issues and general contracting for fundraising events and activities for NYU Langone Hospitals and the NYU School of Medicine.  As Director of Legal Operations for NYU Langone, Anta develops and drives the Office of General Counsel’s administrative priorities, leads key departmental projects, including selection and implementation of technology and efficiency of legal operations. 

Anta received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, summa cum laude, and her L.L.M. in Tax from NYU School of Law.  Immediately prior to joining NYU Langone Health in 2016, Anta was Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the firm’s private client services section of the tax group where she advised wealthy individuals on the development of tax efficient vehicles for the transfer of wealth, complex estate and trust administration issues, charitable planning strategies and the formation and governance of tax exempt organizations.  Previously, Anta was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and law clerk to the Honorable Lois Bloom, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

Anta has been awarded various accolades and honors in connection with her work in the legal profession.  In addition to being named as an honoree in the Crain’s 2019 Notable Women of Law, Anta has also been honored by the New York Law Journal as a “Lawyer Who Leads By Example”, in recognition of her many years of commitment to providing pro bono legal services to underrepresented New Yorkers; named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys; and as a New York Metro Area Rising Star by Superlawyers in the area of tax and estate planning.

Anta is an active member of her community in her roles as President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the largest unified association of Black and other minority lawyers, in the New York metropolitan area.

Tanisha McKnight, Secretary

Tanisha S. McKnight, Esq., is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, 04’.  She began her legal career with The Legal Aid Society where she worked both in their Criminal Defense Division and Juvenile Rights Practice.  In 2009, Ms. McKnight became The Children’s Law Center of New York's (CLC) first Director of Paralegal and Volunteer Services.  In addition to managing the city-wide paralegal team, she practices law in a number of areas including custody, visitation, domestic violence and child protective proceedings.  She is also responsible for developing and managing CLC’s volunteer programs, which includes forming internship partnerships and recruitment with local high schools, universities and law schools, the development of CLC’s pro bono practice and law firm relationships.  Additionally, she supervises CLC’s Securing Seamless Education Services (SSES) education advocacy project and jointly manages CLC’s Broken Adoption Project.  She presents at schools, conferences and forums on the current issues facing family law practitioners and provides motivational talks to students considering entering the legal profession.  She was honored as one of the New York Law Journal’s Rising Stars of 2015.