Cheska Tolentino is a third-year law student at Seton Hall Law with a diverse regulatory and legislative background. In addition to her externships, Cheska serves as a Senior Editor on the Seton Hall Law Review Volume 51 and as a Student Advocate in the Investor Advocacy Project clinic. Cheska also serves as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), which promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the law and provides professional development opportunities for Asian American law students. Outside of law school, Cheska volunteers with the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program and the Oberlin College Asian American alumni network, and is an active student member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York.
Prior to law school, Cheska served as a State Legislative Affairs Representative for the City of New York, where her portfolio included minority and women business enterprises (MWBE) contracts, labor and employment, and transportation. Cheska spearheaded efforts to enact state legislation modernizing the City’s MWBE procurement process and granting the City design-build authorization for the billion-dollar rehabilitation of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Cantilever.
Cheska earned her M.P.A. from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she specialized in International Economic Policy and Finance, and her B.A. from Oberlin College.