The 2019 Nonprofit Power 100; 51 - 100

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The 2019 Nonprofit Power 100; 51 - 100

Recognizing the top 100 figures making a difference for the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
November 10, 2019
51. Jim Purcell
President and CEO
Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies

Jim Purcell oversees valuable resources for New York-based nonprofit organizations that serve youth, providing training programs and vital guidance on changing regulations. More than 100 member organizations rely on the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies to advocate for them before local and state government. Purcell previously served at the Division for Youth and the Department of Social Services, which were the predecessor agencies to the state Office of Children and Family Services.


Correction: An earlier version of this profile incorrectly described Purcell's organization as a state agency. It is not.

52. Beth Goldman
President and Attorney-in-charge
New York Legal Assistance Group

Beth Goldman took the reins at the New York Legal Assistance Group in 2015, while the organization was embroiled in a scandal involving its former president. Since then she has bolstered the nonprofit’s image and work supporting New York’s most vulnerable – providing legal guidance on various issues to about 90,800 people this year. Goldman previously had a 20-year career in public service, including serving as commissioner of the New York City Department of Finance.

53. David Greenfield
CEO and Executive Director
Met Council

After eight years on the New York City Council, David Greenfield returned to the nonprofit sector as head of the organization responsible for helping low-income Jewish New Yorkers through social services, affordable housing and the largest kosher food network in the country. Greenfield’s political experience is certainly a boon for the Met Council, which often relies on government funding. He previously served as executive vice president of the Sephardic Community Federation.

54. Donna Colonna
Services for the Underserved

Over the course of more than 40 years in state government and the nonprofit sector, Donna Colonna has become well-attuned to the challenges faced by people with disabilities. As CEO of Services for the Underserved, she leads 2,400 employees and oversees $200 million in services for disabled New Yorkers as well those facing homelessness and poverty. Colonna regularly shares her expertise with various statewide bodies addressing health care in New York.

55. Sheena Wright
President and CEO
United Way of New York City

Superstorm Sandy made landfall the same day Sheena Wright began her role at United Way of New York City. Under her leadership, the nonprofit managed to raise more than $10 million to help New Yorkers affected by the storm. Her entry was also a historic one: Wright is the 81-year-old organization’s first female president. The South Bronx native previously was CEO of the Abyssinian Development Corp.

56. Bill Baccaglini
President and CEO
The New York Foundling

When Bill Baccaglini took over The New York Foundling in 2003, he was tasked with getting the nonprofit out of a $7.5 million deficit. Not only did he succeed, he has cemented the Foundling’s position as one of the country’s largest child welfare organizations. Baccaglini has made education the focus of the 150-year-old organization’s work, particularly with the launch of Mott Haven Academy Charter School and its recent expansion.

57. Laura McQuade
President and CEO
Planned Parenthood of New York City

Laura McQuade is steering Planned Parenthood through a major transition at a time when the federal government has restricted funding for abortion access. The organization announced McQuade will lead Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, an anticipated merger between five Planned Parenthood affiliates in New York state. Once approved, it will cover more than half of the state’s population and will provide about 200,000 patient visits for its sexual and reproductive health services every year.

58. Alan Mucatel
Rising Ground

After leading a major rebranding campaign for the historic nonprofit, Alan Mucatel made another big push last year, as Rising Ground merged with fellow child welfare nonprofit Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families, boosting the nonprofit’s annual budget by $30 million. It’s Mucatel’s most recent move to expand the Yonkers-based nonprofit's reach. The organization now serves 25,000 clients in New York City’s five boroughs and Westchester County.

59. Kelsey Louie
Gay Men’s Health Crisis

New York’s AIDS epidemic is set to end by next year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced recently. This must have been welcome news to Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the world’s first provider of HIV/AIDS care. Kelsey Louie oversees the nonprofit serving 13,000 people per year, whether through legal support, housing, workforce development or mental health support. The organization’s reach may soon expand as it explores a possible merger with the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.

60. Ron Deutsch
Executive Director
Fiscal Policy Institute

Ron Deutsch uses his economic expertise to fight income inequality in New York. For the past five years he’s guided the Fiscal Policy Institute’s research and advocacy supporting working family tax credits, affordable housing and food assistance programs. The self-described “jaded yet jovial advocate” previously led the Statewide Emergency Network for Social and Economic Security, a statewide anti-poverty advocacy organization. He’s also served as director of the institute’s sister organization, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness.

61. Edward Myers Hayes
President and CEO
Cayuga Centers

When Edward Myers Hayes took the reins at Cayuga Centers in 1995, the nonprofit had a $2 million annual budget. He now oversees an organization with more than $55 million in operating expenses for child welfare services spanning New York and two other states. That growth has been controversial, as the federal government provided much of that funding to house separated migrant children, making Cayuga one of the largest foster care providers for unaccompanied youth in federal custody.

62. Elizabeth McCarthy
Sheltering Arms

Elizabeth McCarthy has focused her career on helping New York’s youth. Under her leadership for the past nine years, Sheltering Arms has doubled in size and expanded its programs in early education and juvenile justice. McCarthy, who has held positions in New York City government, was previously chief operating officer at MercyFirst. She is on the board of the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies and the Collaborative for Children and Families.

63. Katy Gaul-Stigge
President and CEO
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey

Katy Gaul-Stigge hit the ground running when she joined the $120 million nonprofit in 2016. She spearheaded a new strategic plan to allow Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey to better achieve its mission to help people with disabilities and other barriers to employment enter the workforce. An expert in workforce development and policy, Gaul-Stigge oversees 57 programs and 37 retail locations throughout New York and New Jersey.


Correction: An earlier version of this profile incorrectly listed Katy Gaul-Stigge's title.

64. Muzzy Rosenblatt
President and CEO
Bowery Residents’ Committee

It hasn’t been a peaceful year for Muzzy Rosenblatt and the Bowery Residents’ Committee, with the state comptroller finding that its employees have failed to provide assistance to New York City’s homeless population throughout the subway system despite receiving millions from the MTA. Even so, the nonprofit, which collected $85.9 million in revenue last year and runs 30 programs citywide, remains a prominent provider of shelter and other services for homeless New Yorkers.

65. Joyce McMillan
Community Activist

Joyce McMillian advocates for parents dealing with a child welfare system that disproportionately targets black and Latino families – and it seems her efforts may end up transforming New York state’s approach to child welfare. In June, the state Legislature passed legislation that would raise the standard of proof needed to substantiate child neglect allegations and make it possible for parents who have been accused to get off the state’s database more quickly.

66. Lisa Schreibersdorf
Founder and Executive Director
Brooklyn Defender Services

When Lisa Schreibersdorf started Brooklyn Defender Services in 1996, its team of 36 employees worked at donated conference tables in a recently vacated office space. The organization has grown into one of the largest defender offices in the country, with a staff of 300 that serves about 35,000 people annually. Schreibersdorf has been a top criminal justice advocate in the borough, leading calls to reform New York’s bail system, solitary confinement procedures and other policies.

67. José Calderón
Hispanic Federation

José Calderón is a powerful ally for the Hispanic Federation’s 101 members, and is responsible for its program and resource development as well as its public policy initiatives on behalf of Latino nonprofit organizations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida. As concerns ramp up over immigrant participation in the 2020 census count, Calderón has offered key input on behalf of community organizations before New York’s census commission.

68. Bill Chong
New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

Appointed to head New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development in 2014, Bill Chong oversees the city’s work to help low-income youth. Nonprofits often pull funding from the department to run their after-school, family support and literacy programs – and the city government veteran has occasionally come under fire for not pushing harder for funding. Chong used to serve as vice president for programs at the Citizens Committee for New York City.

69. Justine Olderman
Executive Director
The Bronx Defenders

Justine Olderman has worked her way up at The Bronx Defenders since joining as a staff attorney in 2000. She served as managing attorney of the criminal defense practice – where she oversaw an expansion that more than doubled the practice’s caseload – before becoming the public defender nonprofit’s first managing director. Now as executive director, she manages the organization’s unique “holistic defense” approach to helping 27,000 low-income clients in the Bronx.

70. Ana Bermúdez
New York City Department of Probation

New York City’s criminal justice system is undergoing significant reform, and Ana Bermúdez plays a major role in supporting community-based organizations working in juvenile justice. The first openly gay and first Latina commissioner leading the city Department of Probation, she has gained much of her experience working with youth in the criminal justice system at various nonprofits. Before joining city government, she served as director of juvenile justice programs at the Children’s Aid Society.

71. Rafael Cestero
President and CEO
Community Preservation Corp.

A former commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Rafael Cestero brings significant experience to the Community Preservation Corporation, the country’s largest community development financial institution solely investing in multifamily homes. He joined the nonprofit in 2012 and has helped transform it into a leading affordable housing and community revitalization institution. He previously held leadership positions at L+M Development Partners and Enterprise Community Partners.

72. Joanne Oplustil
President and CEO

It has been a tense year for CAMBA after its legal services staff went on strike over the pay disparity between the nonprofit’s employees and its president and CEO. But the nonprofit headed by Joanne Oplustil has since negotiated new contracts with its attorneys and workers. Oplustil oversees a budget of more than $140 million and programs serving more than 60,000 low-income New Yorkers per year at the prominent New York City human services nonprofit.

73. David Woodlock
President and CEO
Institute for Community Living

David Woodlock took the Institute for Community Living’s mission of supporting those living with mental illness, substance use and developmental disabilities to new heights last year. The nonprofit, alongside Community Healthcare Network, opened its $30 million East New York Health Hub, a first-of-its-kind facility that offers physical and mental health care and was described as a national model. He has also served as deputy commissioner of the New York state Office of Mental Health.

74. Doug Wirth
President and CEO
Amida Care

Doug Wirth has made a substantial impact on HIV/AIDS treatment in New York City. Under his oversight, Amida Care has raised the viral load suppression rate of its HIV-positive members from 60% in 2006 to 80% today. Wirth became familiar with the effect of the HIV/AIDS epidemic while running homeless shelters in the Midwest during the 1980s and later serving as senior health policy adviser under two New York City mayors.

75. Elizabeth Gaynes
President and CEO
Osborne Association

Since 1984, Elizabeth Gaynes has transformed the Osborne Association from a two-person office into a nonprofit with more than 300 staff operating in more than 30 prisons and jails in New York. Gaynes oversees the organization’s reentry programs in education, workforce development and behavioral health, and programs for families interacting with the criminal justice system. The White House recognized her as a “Champion of Change” for her work helping children of incarcerated parents in 2013.

76. Doug Sauer
New York Council of Nonprofits

The state Legislature managed to get behind one of Doug Sauer’s big legislative priorities this year. It passed a bill to establish a state-level restriction on nonprofits supporting political candidates, echoing a federal ban that President Donald Trump has threatened to repeal. It’s just one of several legislative issues Sauer has taken up as CEO of the largest state association of nonprofits in the country, which represents more than 3,000 members.

77. Catherine Trapani
Executive Director
Homeless Services United

Catherine Trapani oversees the interests of her organization’s 50 members serving homeless people throughout New York City. With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Trapani has a wealth of knowledge about the challenges homeless New Yorkers face. She previously served as director of the HousingLink program at New Destiny Housing, where she helped implement the first rapid re-housing program for survivors of domestic violence in the city.

78. Elizabeth Guggenheimer
Executive Director
Lawyers Alliance for New York

A longtime fixture at the Lawyers Alliance for New York, Elizabeth Guggenheimer became the organization’s executive director in July, and now oversees efforts to offer pro bono services for 662 nonprofit clients throughout New York City, advising on everything from corporate structure to employment law. Guggenheimer – who previously worked at the New York state attorney general's Charities Bureau – often works in tandem with the group’s senior policy counsel, Laura Abel, who leads advocacy efforts.

79. Raul Russi
President and CEO
Acacia Network

Raul Russi heads one of New York City’s largest shelter providers, having pulled in more than $1 billion in contracts from the city’s Department of Homeless Services since 2010. More than 170,000 people turn to the nonprofit, which provides support in health care, economic development, education and the arts. But Acacia Network has recently been marred by scandal, accused of running hazardous and poorly managed facilities and investigated for undisclosed ties to for-profit companies.

80. Tony Hannigan
President and CEO
Center for Urban Community Services

Tony Hannigan’s been with the Center for Urban Community Services since its early days as Columbia University Community Services – a faculty- and student-led initiative to help disenfranchised New Yorkers. He spearheaded the center’s transition to an independent nonprofit in 1993, and has grown its reach to over 56,000 people per year. He is a member of the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Supportive Housing Taskforce.

81. Ralph da Costa Nunez
President and CEO
Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness

A leading expert in family and child homelessness, Ralph da Costa Nunez oversees policy research at the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness. The organization analyzes issues homeless families face with regard to education, health care and employment – which helps inform the decisions made by advocates and service providers in New York City and around the country. Da Costa Nunez also heads the institute’s affiliate organization, Homes for the Homeless.

82. Frederick Shack
Urban Pathways

Frederick Shack is a leading advocate for New York City’s homeless. Since he joined Urban Pathways in 2005, the nonprofit has grown into one of the city’s largest supportive housing providers – with 800 units spanning the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Shack previously spent 14 years as senior vice president of client services and public policy at HELP USA. He is also a lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work.

83. Jilly Stephens
City Harvest

As the federal government calls for cuts to food stamps, City Harvest’s work has become even more important. Jilly Stephens leads New York City’s largest food rescue organization, distributing 64 million pounds of food to pantries and soup kitchens across the five boroughs each year. Under her leadership, the nonprofit created a food warehouse and storage facility that allowed it to double the amount of food rescued and delivered over the course of seven years.

84. William Gettman
Northern Rivers Family of Services

William Gettman plays a key role in overseeing child welfare initiatives in upstate New York, with Northern Rivers Family of Services supporting more than 16,000 people throughout the state. The nonprofit has invested $85 million in programs for foster care, education and behavioral health. With more than 30 years of leadership experience in child welfare issues, Gettman is among leading advocates calling on the state to provide more funding to support nonprofit workers.

85. Gerard McCaffery
President and CEO

Two orphanages merged to become MercyFirst three years before Gerard McCaffery took over as president and CEO in 2006. McCaffery took on the responsibility of integrating the nonprofit’s organizational culture and pulling it out of a tenuous financial situation – a goal he has met with success. Offering services in family support, youth development, foster care and health, MercyFirst now serves more than 3,200 people each year in Brooklyn and Queens as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties.

86. Eric Weingartner
University Settlement

For the past three years, Eric Weingartner has headed both University Settlement and The Door, overseeing a combined staff of 1,000 working in more than 30 sites throughout New York City. He took on the position after serving as managing director at the Robin Hood Foundation, where he managed a $60 million portfolio that addressed issues such as health, housing and hunger as well as two funds centered on on low-income veterans and immigrants.

87. David Rivel
The Jewish Board

Though David Rivel is set to leave The Jewish Board next year, there’s no doubt he’s made his mark on the state’s largest human services organization, transforming the 175-year-old nonprofit which services more than 40,000 people at 75 facilities in New York City and Westchester County. Over the course of his eight-year tenure, The Jewish Board took on $75 million worth of additional programming, increased fundraising and went through a rebranding initiative.

88. David Garza
President and CEO
Henry Street Settlement

David Garza got his start in social services in 2000 as a church volunteer. He now heads a historic nonprofit with a $41 million budget and 700 employees. Henry Street Settlement has transformed under his leadership, as Garza spearheaded efforts to boost funding and promote art in its social service programs. He also serves as a board member at several local organizations, including United Neighborhood Houses, Citizens’ Committee for Children and the Human Services Council.

89. Michelle Yanche
Incoming Executive Director
Good Shepherd Services

Michelle Yanche has big shoes to fill at Good Shepherd Services, where she’ll replace longtime Executive Director Paulette LoMonaco. Yanche is already well-acquainted with the youth services organization, having served as associate executive director for government and external relations at the organization since 2016. And as the nonprofit’s first director of public policy, she spearheaded citywide campaigns to secure funding for early childhood and after-school programming.

90. Cal Hedigan
Community Access

Cal Hedigan may still be new to her role as CEO of Community Access, but she is certainly familiar with the needs of the nonprofit, which provides housing and social services to New Yorkers with mental health concerns. She has held various executive positions at the nonprofit since 1999. Her upcoming agenda includes helping Community Access reach its goal to create at least 1,000 more units of affordable and supportive housing.

91. Roxanne Persaud
State Senate Social Services Committee

State Sen. Roxanne Persaud took the reins at the legislative body’s Social Services Committee last year, and already Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved legislation she has spearheaded – including a measure to allow people participating in tuition assistance and workforce development programs to more easily access public benefits. Persaud also sponsored new laws protecting domestic violence survivors from workplace discrimination and reducing prison sentences for those committing crimes of self-defense.

92. Scott Short
RiseBoro Community Partnership

Scott Short has been building up RiseBoro for 17 years, doubling the organization’s budget and growing it into one of New York City’s largest providers of holistic community-based services. He took on a major rebranding for the organization – formerly known as Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council – to better reflect the variety of services it offers to people of all ages throughout the city. Before becoming CEO in 2017, Short served as RiseBoro’s chief operating officer.

93. Michael Capiraso
President and CEO
New York Road Runners

New York Road Runners is the organization behind the famous New York City Marathon – the largest marathon in the world – which raised a record $40 million last year for local and nationwide charities. Since 2015, President and CEO Michael Capiraso has overseen the nonprofit’s work, which also includes running youth programming in New York City schools and parks. He has run 27 consecutive New York City marathons.

94. Thomas Bransky
Childrens Community Services

Thomas Bransky keeps a relatively low profile, but his organization is responsible for huge swaths of New York City’s social services. Bransky started the nonprofit in 2014, initially facing financial difficulty. Childrens Community Services has grown significantly since then, pulling in hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts from the city Department of Homeless Services. He oversees a team of more than 600 employees and more than 2,000 housing units.

95. Laura Mascuch
Executive Director
Supportive Housing Network of New York

Supportive housing aims to empower vulnerable people through housing and social services, and Laura Mascuch’s job is to back the nonprofits managing those programs. She oversees the policy interests of more than 200 organizations developing and operating supportive housing throughout the state. Before joining the Supportive Housing Network of New York in 2014, Mascuch worked on issues related to homelessness and health at New York City agencies and did consulting work for supportive housing providers.

96. Eric Rosenbaum
President and CEO
Project Renewal

Eric Rosenbaum oversees Project Renewal’s 16 emergency, transitional and permanent housing residences and works to help 16,000 homeless New Yorkers every year through the intersection of health, housing and employment. Rosenbaum has a great deal of experience in this domain, having previously served as CEO of the nonprofit Lantern, which supports the formerly homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, and also as chief operating officer of shelter provider Win.

97. Katie Leonberger
President and CEO
Community Resource Exchange

Helping New York nonprofits succeed is Katie Leonberger’s priority as head of the Community Resource Exchange, a nonprofit consulting firm. About 400 organizations seek Community Resource Exchange’s support every year, looking for guidance on everything from leadership development to strategic planning. Through its Rising Fund, the organization aims to make those services accessible to small nonprofits. Before joining the firm, Leonberger led initiatives promoting public sector innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies, where she launched the Mayors Challenge competition.

98. James Parrott
Senior Director for Fiscal and Economic Policy
The New School Center for New York City Affairs

James Parrott is one of New York’s foremost experts on economic and fiscal issues. Parrott has leveraged his expertise to take a stance on issues affecting local nonprofits, calling for New York City to increase wages for nonprofit workers operating under government contracts. With more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, he most recently served as deputy director and chief economist of the Fiscal Policy Institute.

99. Wendy McClinton
President and CEO
Black Veterans for Social Justice

After a decade serving in the U.S. Army, Wendy McClinton has become a voice for fellow New York veterans. Her organization provides food, career development and supportive housing services to veterans reentering civil society – particularly those dealing with challenges such as substance abuse, mental illness or homelesness. McClinton serves on the board of directors of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and the New York City Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Board.

100. David Nocenti
Executive Director
Union Settlement

David Nocenti spent much of his career in public service, working to provide resources for people in need. Nocenti transitioned to the nonprofit sector after serving as a top adviser to three New York governors and as counsel to the New York attorney general. He’s headed Union Settlement for a decade, overseeing its education, youth, mental health and senior services operating in East Harlem. The 124-year-old nonprofit reaches 10,000 people across the neighborhood.

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