Cecilia Gardner
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Cecilia Gardner is President, CEO, and General Counsel of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (“JVC”), a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to compliance with laws pertaining to the jewelry industry. She is also General Counsel to the World Diamond Council, an international association whose purpose is to end the trade in conflict diamonds; General Counsel and Director of the United States Kimberley Process Authority Institute; and serves on the President’s Council and Executive Committee of CIBJO, a confederation of international jewelry trade associations. A graduate of Smith College and Hofstra University School of Law, Ms. Gardner’s professional career included positions as a federal prosecutor at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. As an Assistant United States Attorney, she specialized in narcotics, money laundering, organized crime and white-collar cases. Her positions included appointments as the Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Unit and as Attorney-in-Charge in the Long Island Office. Her work included numerous international investigations and prosecutions. Ms. Gardner was an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University School of Law, where she taught International Criminal Law and Advanced Criminal Procedure.