Born and raised in the Bronx, Camille Bent’s journey to her involvement with DFOY and subsequent board service took her around the country, but it also involved a homecoming of sorts. After leaving the Bronx to pursue her undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Camille continued her education in Atlanta, receiving a JD/MBA degree from Emory University. Following her clerkship for a bankruptcy judge in the Midwest, Camille returned to New York to continue her legal career.
Now a Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring attorney at BakerHostetler LLP, Camille always recognized that her education opened many doors for her, so she hoped to share her knowledge and experience with Bronx youth. Camille made the most of her education because her teachers made sure that she had a rigorous and challenging curriculum. When Camille was first introduced to DFOY through a law school classmate, it was a natural fit. Camille knew firsthand the value of quality after-school programming and was immediately drawn to working with DFOY and its creative, entrepreneurial staff.
While reflecting on her time with DFOY, Camille’s favorite memory is close to home. Camille is a graduate of M.S. 181 in Co-op City, where DFOY currently runs after-school programming and summer camp for students.
In addition to her work with DFOY and BakerHostetler, Camille volunteers with Credit Abuse Resistance Education through the American Bankruptcy Institute, and from time to time, leads seminars on how to avoid debt at North Central Bronx Hospital. In her spare time, Camille is spending the first part of 2020 (re)learning how to snowboard!