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Harriet Shapiro

Hunter Hillel Board Member


Harriet Shapiro started her law career in 1974 as a Legal Services Attorney, continuing as a corporate attorney at Bristol-Myers Company for 9 years and at Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In 1988, Harriet left work to raise her son and studied studio art.
In 2000, Harriet became a mediator and worked with the New York City Civil Court, Housing Part, and two years later was accepted to the U. S. Federal Court Panel of Mediators, Eastern District, where she is still active.
She also was a docent at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for 5 years and in the docent program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This work inspired her to enroll in Hunter College, where she received a MA in art history in 2006. Her master’s thesis, written on Juan Sanchez Cotan, is part of the FrIck Museum Reference Library’s collection.
Since that time, Harriet has worked in volunteer capacities in art history and art appreciation. At the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art she archived artists’ and gallery papers, and through Artworks, she has given museum tours to public school students, and has taught at P.S. 250 in Brooklyn. Harriet has worked privately as an art historical archivist.
Harriet serves on the Board of the Warren, Ct. Historical Society. She is also on the UJA Networks and Capacity Building Commission and archives papers and catalogs photographs at the Joint Distribution Committee.
Harriet was married to Abraham Zylberberg, also a lawyer, who passed away in 2014. She is a graduate of Elmira College and the Boston University School of Law.