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Social Work and Human Services CEOs Pass the Baton: A Tribute to Our Leaders
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Social Work and Human Services CEOs Pass the Baton: A Tribute to Our Leaders

October 2007


Lawrence Mandell, MSW
President & CEO of United Way
Announces Leadership Change

Mr. Mandell, a fellow social worker and friend of NASW-NYC, who has led the United Way of New York City (UWNYC) as CEO for the past three years, after having served as a part of the organization’s executive team since 1987, announced his retirement earlier this year. NASW-NYC joined hundreds of well-wishers at several farewell gatherings held in his honor over the summer. Mr. Mandell joined United Way as the organization’s Senior Vice President and Director of Agency Services and later served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1992 to 2003. Under Mandell’s stewardship, UWNYC launched several landmark public-private initiatives including: the Housing Help Program, the nation’s first court-based homelessness prevention program, the Food Card Access Project, Community Achievement Project in the Schools, a dropout prevention program, NYCWorks, a joint vocational training and job placement initiative with the NYC Council, and the Nonprofit Leadership Development Institute. In 2001, Mr. Mandell played a key leadership role in UWNYC’s unprecedented charitable response following the attacks of September 11th. Mr. Mandell has spent more than 30 years in the non-profit community, serving in management positions as a social worker and mental health counselor. Prior to joining United Way, he served as Executive Director of Grand Street Settlement, Associate Executive Director of Abbott House, and Director of Planning and Development for the Rockland County Mental Health Clinic.

Gordon Campbell, JD, MPA
CEO of Safe Horizon Named
President/CEO of United Way of NYC

United Way of NYC named Gordon J. Campbell as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer effective October 1. He will succeed Lawrence Mandell. Throughout the transition, Elwanda Young, the agency’s Chief Operating Officer, served as the interim executive in charge and will continue as part of the agency’s leadership team. Mr. Campbell most recently served as the CEO of Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization. Safe Horizon serves over 350,000 people each year who have been touched by violence. During his tenure there, Mr. Campbell drew wide acclaim for the agency’s effective emergency response to the September 11 attacks. Working with The September 11th Fund, jointly created by the United Way of New York City and The New York Community Trust, Safe Horizon disbursed $250,000,000 to 20,000 victims, family members and others impacted by the tragedy. Under Mr. Campbell’s leadership, Safe Horizon’s budget has risen from $30.8 million in 1998 to $55.8 million. Mr. Campbell served in senior positions in the Koch, Dinkins and Guiliani Administrations. He was the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services and Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Mayor. In addition, he was Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations and a Mayoral appointee to the City’s Procurement Policy Board. While at the City’s Human Resources Administration, he created and organized the Division of AIDS Services. Mr. Campbell worked in coalition with NASW-NYC while serving as Chair of the Human Services Council, advocating for critically needed human services. Mr. Campbell’s broad experience working across systems to assist the City’s most vulnerable populations will be a major support for the social work community.

Alan Siskind, PhD, LCSW
CEO of Jewish Board of Family &
Children’s Services Retires

Alan Siskind, JBFCS’s Executive Vice President and CEO and longtime friend of NASW-NYC, has retired after devoting to the organization 16 years of dedicated service. Since joining JBFCS in 1991, Dr. Siskind successfully led and managed one of the largest and foremost non-profits delivering comprehensive mental health and social services to over 65,000 people each year, encompassing more than 185 programs, over 2,800 employees and a $175 million budget. With an organizational history extending back more than 130 years, Dr. Siskind rose to the challenge of staying true to tradition and keeping on mission in an ever-changing environment, while expanding JBFCS’ reach and capacity to meet new and emerging needs. Whether continuing to promote JBFCS’ commitment to standards, quality service delivery and training or to undertaking recent initiatives focused on culturally competent practice and addressing institutional racism, Dr. Siskind pushed the bar above and beyond wherever he found it working effectively with diverse populations, community stakeholders, and coalition partners. “What is so special about Alan is that he represents the best of what it means to be a social worker,” said Robert Schachter, NASW-NYC Executive Director. “At his professional core is an enormously seasoned clinician, one who exemplifies excellence and has had such depth, especially the ability to truly understand the clients being served, which speaks volumes about who Alan is. It is no stretch to say that Alan sets the standard for excellence in our field. He has also shown us what it means to be human while also running a major institution.” Paul Levine, Associate Executive Vice President, will succeed Dr. Siskind upon his retirement, and Mary Pender Greene, Chief of Social Work Services, has been appointed Assistant Executive Director, representing JBFCS’ new leadership team.

Gail B. Nayowith, MSW
Executive Departs after 15 years at
Citizens’ Committee for Children

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc. (CCC) announced the retirement of its longtime leader Gail Nayowith and the appointment of Jennifer March-Joly, CCC’s Associate Executive Director, to the position of Acting Executive Director. Ms. March-Joly will succeed Ms. Nayowith on an interim basis, while CCC’s Board conducts a rigorous search for a permanent Executive Director. Ms. Nayowith, after fifteen years at the helm of one of New York City’s leading child advocacy organizations, will become the founding Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Foundation. For the past decade and a half, Ms. Nayowith has been a tireless advocate for New York’s children. Ms. Nayowith is the former co-chair of NASW-NYC’s Womens’ Issues Committee. NASW-NYC worked in coalition with Ms. Nayowith through the years advocating for needed policy reforms which helped to improve the delivery of quality social work and human services to children and families. Under her leadership, CCC has grown exponentially and provided a major voice, shaping policy and influencing the public agenda for children and families in New York City. Ms. Nayowith is recognized for her advocacy for the creation of the New York City Earned Income Tax Credit, and massive increases in funding for universal pre-kindergarten and children’s mental health, to winning numerous other remarkable victories. She spearheaded major efforts which set in motion fundamental changes in child welfare and family support services. Following Ms. Nayowith’s departure on August 31, Ms. March-Joly took a leading role in building and managing the organization during the transition. Ms. March-Joly joined CCC in 2001 and was an architect of the organization’s Securing Every Child’s Birthright campaign (SECB) – an initiative to ensure that every child in New York is healthy, housed, educated and safe.


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