A panel discussion
as part of the conference on "Governing a Diverse City
in a Democratic Society".
Jeanne B. MullgravCommissioner, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Jeanne B. Mullgrav as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) in April 2002.
As New York City's lead agency for administering youth and community programs, DYCD invests public funds in experienced community-based organizations that provide after-school programming, train young people for jobs, and enhance individuals' literacy skills, among other goals.
Since becoming Commissioner of DYCD, Commissioner Mullgrav has steered the organization through a tremendous period of growth. In 2003, Mayor Bloomberg streamlined the City's social services by eliminating the Department of Employment and relocating its portfolio of youth workforce programs to DYCD. The same year, the Mayor made DYCD the lead agency for implementing his Out-of-School Time (OST) initiative, under which the agency is coordinating services and maximizing resources.
Ms. Mullgrav came to DYCD from The After-School Corporation (TASC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the need for available and quality after-school programs. As Vice President of External Relations, she oversaw all aspects of government affairs and media relations, and promoted TASC's legislative agenda.
Previously, as Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Relations for New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Ms. Mullgrav shaped legislative and policy proposals relating to criminal justice and victim-related topics. Throughout the 1990s, Ms. Mullgrav held several senior management positions at Victim Services (now "Safe Horizon"), a major not-for-profit provider of services to crime victims in New York City. Ms. Mullgrav began her career in government as a New York City Urban Fellow in the 1980s.
Ms. Mullgrav serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations, including The Fund for Modern Courts, The National Center for Family Literacy and The National Advisory Committee of the Robert Bowne Foundation's After-School Matters publication. She has received numerous awards, including the New York State Youth Bureaus' Polly Sanders Award, The Better Bronx for Youth Consortium's Women Who Shape Our World Award, and the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush's Distinguished Public Service Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College, and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.