Sabine Toussaint

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

Sabine Toussaint is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  She grew up in Queens, NY.  She graduated from Fordham University with an undergraduate degree in accounting.  Sabine started her career at Uptown records, working with acts like Mary J Blige, Heavy D and the Boyz, Jodeci and Anthony Hamilton. There she worked directly with the VP of Finance budgeting and monitoring expenses for the dynamic record label.  She then moved on as Comptroller at a video music, commercial, film production arena. She set up the accounting department at the then start-up company Big Dog Films.  The company was created by director Hype Williams and housed directors such as: Steve Carr, Director X, Benny Boom and Billy Woodruff. There she created and ran the accounting department and worked with various producers and label executives on all video and commercial productions.

With the decline of the music industry Sabine shifted her focus to overall media.  She became a Business Manager at J. Walter Thompson, managing the DeBeers account, expressing a new dimension in her career.  She then moved on to Essence Communications as a Finance Manager for Editorial Dept and Essence Music Festival, while there she pursued her masters at NYU in Global Affairs. Upon graduation she began working at the Clinton Foundation on the Haiti Initiative.  As the Director of Programs, she created and designed innovative models and strategies that have supported the entrepreneurial ecosystems. She also helped to create, supervise and implement an accelerator program, the Women’s Economic Consortium (WEPC), developing women entrepreneurs to the next level and preparing them for investment opportunities. She has now branched out and spun off the WEPC program under a new company, Caribbean Innovation and Entrepreneur Lab (CIEL); where she continues to work with entrepreneurs and social enterprises in Haiti.