Petal Modeste is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs Administration at Columbia Law School*. In this capacity, she oversees several of the law school’s student-facing offices. Prior to assuming this role, Petal served as Dean of the Office of Career Services and Professional Development. Petal began her legal career as an associate in the Finance Group at Shearman & Sterling, LLP and before joining Columbia Law School, she served as Senior Director and Strategic Advisor for Legal Recruiting at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP.
Petal received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education, cum laude, from Andrews University, her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Howard University School of Law and her MBA from Columbia Business School.
Petal has served on the board of several non-profits dedicated to positively impacting the lives of women and children. She is married with two daughters. She and her family live in New York City and spend significant time with their immediate families in Trinidad & Tobago and Belgium.
*The opinions and views expressed on Parenting for the Future are those of the speakers and do not purport to reflect any policy or position of Columbia Law School.