Erica T. Healey-Kagan ’05 Erica T. Healey-Kagan

Cornell degree: BS ’05 (Human Ecology)

Read Erica’s interview.

Professional experience:

  • The Kurland Group, 2009–present
  • Junior partner, 2019–present
  • Counsel, 2015–2019
  • Associate, 2009–2015

Alumni service

  • Cornell University Pride LGBTQIA+ Alumni Association, Reunion chair, 2023–present, 2017–2018, 2013–2014; Steven Siegel ’68 Award Celebration co-chair, 2015–2019; president, 2017–2018; vice president, 2014–2017; strategic planning representative, 2016–2017; board member, 2013–2014
  • Cornell Association of Class Officers, immediate past president, 2023–present; president, 2021–2023; vice president, diversity and inclusion, 2019–2021; director at large, diversity and inclusion, 2017–2019
  • Class of 2005, vice president, 2020–present, 2015–2020, 2010–2015, 15th Reunion campaign member, 2019–2020; 10th Reunion campaign member, 2014–2015
  • Cornell Mosaic, member at large, 2019–present
  • President’s Council of Cornell Women, sustaining member, 2023–present; member, 2017–2023
  • Cornell University Council, Administrative Board ex officio member, 2021–2023; member, 2018–2022
  • Human Ecology Alumni Association, member, 2015–2019
  • Ivy Society Metro NY committee, 2005–2007

Community/public service/philanthropic priorities:

  • Pro Bono Panel, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, 2013–present
  • Community Excellence Award of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, 2022
  • LGBTQ Rights Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2012–2013
  • Young Leaders Council, LGBT Community Center of New York, 2011–2017
  • Advisory Board, LGBTQ Law Project of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), 2014–2017
  • Advisory Board, New York Chapter of New Leaders Council (NLC), 2005-–present
  • Volunteer, Camp Friendship Food Pantry, 2020–present
  • Brooklyn Law School Alumni Admissions Board, 2009–2015
  • Judge, Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Moot Court Competition, 2022–2023
  • Election Day Poll Inspector, New York City Board of Elections, 2020–present

Other education:

  • JD, Brooklyn Law School, 2008

Student involvements/activities:

  • Congressional internship, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
  • D.A.S.H. (Direct Action to Stop Homophobia)
  • Gender Equity Resource Center (f/k/a Women’s Resource Center)
  • Haven: LGBTQ Student Union, president
    • Ga’avah, Jewish LGBTQ sub-organization
    • Greeks United, Greek LGBTQ sub-organization
  • Ivy Council
  • Kappa Delta Sorority
  • Order of Omega National Honor Society
  • Quill & Dagger
  • Sandy Pollack Award for the advocacy of human rights of the LGBT community (awarded by the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission)
  • S.A.G.E. (Students Advocating Gender Equality)
  • Student Assembly, president; vice president of finance; LGBTQ representative
  • Teaching assistant, Human Sexuality (PAM 3800)

Additional information:

Erica is a Long Island native who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her wife, Leslie, and their adopted French Bulldog, Stewart. Erica is an avid long-distance runner whose most recent race was the New York City Marathon in November 2023. Erica also loves to travel, both domestically and internationally, especially to national parks and other opportunities to celebrate our natural surroundings. She particularly loves trips to Ithaca with her family, including her mother, Cara Lebowitz Kagan ’77, her sister, and brother-in-law, Joel Sandler ’99. Erica is also a long-time fan of the New York Mets and all things baseball.