Stephanie Robayo
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
New York State Department of Labor, Attorney

Stephanie Robayo is a proud daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants and an attorney with the Counsel’s Office at the New York State Department of Labor. Stephanie represents the Department in hearings concerning wage and workplace violations. She also coordinates FOIL inquiries, a role that requires her to have a comprehensive understanding of privacy and open records laws, and constitutional guarantees for the right of access.

Prior to joining the Counsel’s Office, Stephanie was a legal intern at the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, under the Deputy Secretary for Labor and Workforce. In this role, Stephanie researched and analyzed issues of law and public policy for the Joint Task Force on Employee Misclassification and Worker Exploitation, which helped New York become a national leader in combating worker exploitation. Stephanie is most proud of her contributions to the efforts of the Joint Task Force in educating employers, empowering workers and ensuring their equal rights under the law.

Stephanie is a passionate advocate for inclusion in all spheres. While at Brooklyn Law School, where she earned her J.D., Stephanie recognized the need to increase diversity in the legal profession. Together with prominent bar leaders, Stephanie organized the hosting of University of Denver Latina Scholar Dolores Atencio, of the Latino Center for Community Engagement & Scholarship, at her school. In a first presentation of its kind for the law school, Stephanie arranged an inclusive lecture and coordinated the installation of a unique exhibit focusing on the significant historical impact of Latina women lawyers. As was her goal with this endeavor, the presentation lent awareness of the transformative power of diverse women in practice.   

Outside of the legal world, Stephanie mentors diverse high school and law school students in New York and New Jersey. She serves on several nonprofits dedicated to amplifying the next generation of youth leaders. Most recently, she aided the fundraising and petitioning efforts of the grassroots election campaign of Assemblywoman-Elect Catalina Cruz, the first DREAMer to ever be elected to public office in New York State. Stephanie also truly enjoys engaging with creative projects and volunteers media work for community organizations. She feels especially privileged she had the opportunity to work with Director Carmencita Gutierrez of the QDA Office of Immigrant Affairs on her team’s newsletter highlighting their work in the immigrant community in Queens.