NYU Alumni Connect

May 22, 2015

Photo of Heather Cannady

As a student at NYU’s College of Arts and Science, Heather Cannady (CAS ’04) was a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar and helped spearhead the New York Anti-Hunger League, eventually becoming the group’s president. 

Since graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history and politics, Cannady has continued to be an actively and extensively involved member of the NYU community. She currently serves as a vice president on the NYU Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, is a member of the College of Arts and Science Alumni Association Board, and is a young alumni trustee on the NYU Board of Trustees.

Following her time at NYU, Cannady went on to earn her JD at Harvard University Law School. At Harvard, she provided legal services to low-income defendants through her participation in Harvard Defenders; was a member of Stop DV, Harvard's Domestic Violence Awareness organization; and organized a conference on the state of women's services in post-Katrina New Orleans. She also served as external vice president of Harvard's Black Law Students Association and organized an Africa Summit to visit the countries of Ethiopia and Tanzania. While at Harvard, Cannady also toured the US working on civil rights issues and filed a brief petitioning the Supreme Court to hear a case on behalf of the 1921 Tulsa race riots.

After graduating from law school, Cannady worked as a law clerk to the Honorable George B. Daniels, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and in the Chambers of Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and served as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Currently, she is the manager of legal recruiting and firm-wide lateral efforts at Ropes & Gray LLP.

What is your favorite:

  • Food? Mom's lasagna. For a girl from a small town in Central Georgia, you'd think she was born and bred in Sicily.
  • TV Show and/or Movie? Right now? Game of Thrones, but you know where to find me when a new season of House of Cards comes out. As for films, the Hepburn-Grant-Matthau comedic thriller, Charade, is a favorite.
  • Song and/or Musical Artist? Mariah Carey as an artist, but Michael Jackson's “Human Nature” is musical genius.
  • Way to spend a Saturday? Champagne brunch with friends.
  • Place to travel? Morocco
  • Place on the NYU campus? Rosenthal Pavilion [on the 10th Floor of the Kimmel Center].

What is your favorite memory from your time at NYU?

Every crazy caper that my fellow RAs at Carlyle Residence Hall and I participated in.

Why do you give back to NYU?

It simply pays dividends. Through the generosity of NYU Trustee and alumnus Evan Chesler, I was able to attend NYU as a scholarship student. He became a mentor and eventually, my employer after law school, as I joined the firm he led, Cravath, Swaine & Moore. I give back through planned giving to Momentum and other NYU funds so that students, like me, can have the same opportunities for success during and after their time at NYU.