Sideya Sherman is Executive Vice President for Community Engagement and Partnerships at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). In this capacity, she oversees a partnership-based, collective impact model for engaging and connecting public housing residents to economic opportunities and services across six departments. Prior to her appointment as Executive Vice President in 2016, Ms. Sherman served as NYCHA’s Vice President for Strategy and Partnership and as Director of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES) earlier in her NYCHA career.
In 2020, Ms. Sherman was appointed Executive Director of the City’s Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity. The Taskforce was launched in response to the racial disparities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. As Executive Director, Ms. Sherman works across City agencies to advance new programs, policies, and initiatives that center equity in the City’s ongoing response and ensure the communities hardest-hit by COVID-19 come back stronger.
Prior to joining NYCHA, Ms. Sherman acquired over a decade of community and economic development experience at various community service organizations. Ms. Sherman previously served as Project Director for the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), where she provided training and technical assistance to community-based organizations and neighborhood advocates confronting local planning, land use, and economic development challenges. Ms. Sherman has also held positions with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, where she helped implement urban commercial corridor revitalization programs at both a national and local scale, respectively.
Ms. Sherman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Utica College in political science and a Master of Science degree in urban affairs from Hunter College.