Ellen Greeley is the Special Assistant to the Commissioner at DVS. In this role, she supports the Commissioner and staff in performing varied administrative tasks and special assignments. Inspired by Commissioner Sutton's forward-thinking direction for supporting New York City's half-million veterans and their families, Ellen happily rejoined city government when she became a member of Team DVS after spending over a decade working for nonprofit organizations and financial institutions.
Previously, she served as Director of Development for the Interfaith Center of New York where she was chiefly responsible for seeking and managing grants from private foundations and government, securing large gifts from individual donors, writing annual reports, and producing galas. She also worked as a philanthropic advisor at UJA-Federation of New York where she researched and managed grant cycles for four family and private foundations.
Earlier in her government career, Ellen directed a 22-member policy staff for the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Peter Vallone, Senior, and worked as a public affairs officer for the New York State Power Authority. She also was employed by several banking institutions as a residential mortgage officer, helping families fulfill the American dream by purchasing their own homes.
She continues her commitment to faith-based activities by participating as a steering committee member for Reform Jewish Voices of New York State, co-chairs the Social Justice Committee of Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, and is a member of a Muslim-Jewish-Christian conversation group, and a board member of Oxford Academy.
Ellen holds a MS in Urban and Policy Sciences and a BA in Political Science, both awarded from SUNY/Stony Brook. She lives in Riverdale with her husband and son and engages in gourmet cooking when time permits.