As a National Urban Fellow at the New York City District Office, Troave' A. Profice will serve as the special assistant to New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Prior to accepting the National Urban Fellows award for the class of 2011, Ms. Profice served the Louisiana Recovery School District as the Academy of Finance Director and mathematics chairperson at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans, LA. She was responsible for providing leadership in all areas of program development, ensuring academy credibility via community partnerships, developing and designing marketing strategies to assist with student recruitment, ensuring business community involvement through the participation of the board of directors, as well as securing meaningful internship experiences for all Academy students.

During her tenure at John McDonogh High School, Ms Profice simultaneously served in numerous capacities throughout the education and Greater New Orleans community.  She worked as the co-district coordinator for the non-profit The Achievement Academy which works to provide supplemental educational services to students in low-income areas. She was directly responsible for ensuring a safe and productive learning environment at five area sites that served over 150 students in grades three through twelve. She also served as an ACT preparatory instructor for the Operation Reach program, which worked to provide minority students with free services to assist with their collegiate pursuits.  

As a native Texan, she moved to New Orleans in pursuit of her undergraduate degree at Loyola University. While there she served in numerous leadership capacities, received a plethora of academic awards—including “Top Ten Senior”—and solidified her commitment to community service by accepting the responsibility of sisterhood into a worldwide legacy of leaders known as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Throughout her undergraduate experience she honed her skills as President of the Black Student Union—where she transformed the dwindling membership to the 2nd largest campus organization, and created the Total Woman Lock-In—which received recognition for affecting the retention rate of minority students. She also developed the now university-wide program called The Night of Culturewhich not only highlights the achievements of African Americans but of all minorities with special emphasis on the New Orleans community. Throughout her undergraduate career, Ms. Profice worked to insure the opening of the Loyola University Center for Intercultural Understanding to combat racial tension both on and off campus. She ensures the center’s credibility and implementation by serving as an integral part of the Loyola Young Alumni Board.  As vice-president of her sorority’s local chapter, she coordinated several community service projects and implemented programs such as the Great Loyola Meltdown.

Her dedication to a career of service in the field of education led her to pursue education certifications in Spanish, Middle School Math, Secondary English, Speech, and Journalism. She also maintained a 4.0 grade point average in courses aligned with a Masters in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of New Orleans. She followed up this commitment to the field of education through her invitation and induction into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

Committed to serving the community, Ms. Profice volunteered with teachNOLA, the Greater New Orleans Urban League, the Loyola Young Alumni Association, the Alpha Beta Omega Greater New Orleans Educational Foundation, and the Esther Chapter #5 of the National Order of the Eastern Star.  Currently, Ms. Profice is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College in New York. She desires to empower others and pave a new path in the field of education administration that will transcend all boundaries.