As a lifelong New Yorker who has dedicated most of his professional life to building the capacity of community-based organizations to serve young people, the elderly and vulnerable populations, I can think of no higher honor than to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).
Mayor de Blasio has outlined an ambitious agenda that includes expanding programming to tens of thousands of middle schoolers, providing immigrant services, enhancing job-related education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in public schools, focusing on economic development, and preparing our future workforce. DYCD is uniquely positioned to play an important role in implementing these and other goals in the Mayor’s vision of a thriving and more equitable New York City.
I have seen firsthand the powerful role of community-based organizations, and one of my priorities is ensuring they receive the resources and support needed to continue rebuilding our City “from the neighborhoods up.” We also engage residents and partners throughout the five boroughs to build on our strengths and identify ways to better serve New York’s diverse communities.
DYCD invites you to browse this website to learn more about our agency’s mission. Please feel free to click on the Contact DYCD link on the left side of this page if you need additional information.