About the Commissioner

Cecile Noel was appointed Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) in October 2015. OCDV was established by city charter in 2001, and is charged with coordinating the delivery of citywide domestic violence services, and formulating policies and programs relating to domestic violence services. The office also oversees the Family Justice Centers (FJCs) that operate in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan, serving over 2,700 clients a month.

In her prior position as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for the Human Resources Administration (HRA) Emergency Intervention Services, Commissioner Noel oversaw a $180 million budget, over 500 staff and 30 contracts. Under her leadership, expansions were accomplished in both residential and non-residential services for domestic violence survivors across the network of 52 New York City-funded domestic violence shelters. She launched one of the first school-based domestic violence prevention programs in the country, the Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP), now operating in 56 New York City public schools.

In addition, Commissioner Noel had oversight of the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP), the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and several other emergency utility assistance programs that help low-income New Yorkers with their utility needs. She also led the HRA Crisis and Disaster program and Adult Protective Services (APS) programs for more than a decade.

Commissioner Noel is a graduate of Vassar College and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration from Columbia University.