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Ms. McKnight-Chavers is an author and an attorney with over sixteen years of experience in the areas of arts/entertainment, corporate transactions and nonprofit law. A native of Dallas, Texas, she earned a B.S.F.S in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. She recently completed her first novel and was the 2008 recipient of the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship award at Sarah Lawrence College. Previously, she practiced law at the firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, both in New York City, and served as an in-house attorney at Black Entertainment Television, Inc., Warner-Lambert Company and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Ms. McKnight-Chavers is involved in a wide range of philanthropic and volunteer activities, particularly in the areas of arts and politics. She has been an active volunteer and fundraiser in a number of political campaigns and was a member of President Obama’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and New York Women for Obama. She is an active member of the Friends of Education of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee, the Junior League of New York City, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the advisory board of Latino Playwrights, Jack and Jill of America – Westchester County Chapter, the American Bar Association, the City Bar of New York and the Parents’ Association of Horace Mann School. She recently became a member of the Steering Committee of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and has been involved in fundraising activities on behalf of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Neuberger Museum of Art.
She currently resides in Bronxville, New York with her husband, Kevin Chavers, and daughter, Cameron.