Wednesday, September 28, 2016


  Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the creation of the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee to offer opportunities for collaboration and to expand lines of communication between the City and the nonprofit human service sector. The Committee is charged with identifying, designing and launching solutions to support the sector in the areas of administrative processes, service and program design and organizational infrastructure.

The Committee will be co-chaired by Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio and Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery. The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services will help coordinate the Committee with support from the Mayor’s Office of Operations and Office of Management and Budget. Committee members include nonprofit executive directors, philanthropy leaders and members of academia who were invited to represent the diversity and range of New York City’s human service sector. City human service agencies will participate in Committee workgroups to support effective implementation of new solutions.

“Nonprofit organizations are important partners in improving the lives of countless New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “But we want a fuller partnership with these organizations so that we may work together on a range of issues, from policy guidance to more operational matters. We are always looking to serve New Yorkers in a better, more effective way.”

Nonprofit organizations provide a tremendous service to New York City and have a long history of working with government to create change and improve lives,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio. “As our Administration moves forward with a number of ambitious initiatives, it is critical that we have a strong and vibrant nonprofit sector to help us achieve our goals. I look forward to co-chairing the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee and working with its members to begin a sustained and engaged conversation around the pressing issues facing the sector today.”

"Before joining New York City government under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio, I spent my entire career founding, leading and growing non-profit organizations focused on fundamental issues of equality. In all of that work, effective partnership with government was critical. Without it, our ability to do our important work was limited; with it, anything is possible,” said Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor of Strategic Policy Initiatives. “I am so excited by the opportunity to improve the ways that government and the nonprofit sectors work together. By doing so, we build a stronger city, and advance the values of equity and opportunity that we all hold dear.”

“So much of what makes New York City great – our embrace of newcomers, our commitment to equality, and our belief that everyone has something to contribute - is sustained by the hard work of our nonprofit partners,” said Michael Owh, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services. “We are eager to work even closer in pursuit of our common goals through the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee.”

"Non-profits are the City's critical service partners in our shared effort to reduce poverty and broaden opportunity," said Matt Klein, Executive Director of the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity and Senior Advisor at the Mayor’s Office of Operations. "Through the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee, we aim to deepen this relationship and work together even more strategically to achieve positive outcomes for New Yorkers."

The inaugural meeting of the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee will take place on September 29, 2016. The Committee will be an ongoing endeavor, with quarterly meetings scheduled.

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