Announcing Our 2019 Changemakers of New York Honorees


NEW YORK (November 4, 2019) – The Human Services Council of New York (HSC), a leading advocate for nonprofits providing human services, is excited to announce its 2019 Changemakers of New York Gala, which will take place on December 10, 2019 at the Prince George Ballroom (15 East 27th Street) from 6-8:30PM.

HSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a membership of nearly 200 independent nonprofits throughout New York State, collectively delivering billions in services on behalf of the State and local governments each year and improving the physical, emotional, and economic health and wellbeing of New Yorkers every day. This year, HSC is thrilled to honor Edward Skyler (Executive Vice President of Global Public Affairs at Citi), Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and Marks Paneth LLP. Sponsorship and tickets to this year’s event can be purchased at

Support for the Changemakers of New York Benefit will help HSC ensure New York has a strong, vibrant, and fiscally sound network of nonprofit human services organizations, providing childcare, elder care, shelters, food pantries and more to over 2.5 million people. The sector’s 330,000 employees engage New Yorkers, across diverse neighborhoods, cultures and generations ensuring all community members reach their full potential.

“By forging meaningful partnerships between human service nonprofits and private sector leaders like Ed Skyler at Citi, Greenberg Traurig, and Marks Paneth, we can leverage the contributions and assets of both sectors toward the necessary systems change needed to strengthen and improve our collective approach to supporting the well-being of communities across New York,” said Allison Sesso, Executive Director of the Human Services Council. “We are thrilled with the support we are already seeing for this year’s event, which is poised to be our most successful yet.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Human Services Council at their Changemakers of New York Gala, and we are very proud to stand alongside Citi and Greenberg Traurig, LLP” said Sibi Thomas, Partner in the Nonprofit, Government & Healthcare Group at Marks Paneth LLP. “In an operating environment characterized by limited resources, increased expectations and heightened public scrutiny, my colleagues and I are committed to helping nonprofit human services organizations succeed. Working with HSC helps us understand the broader environment.”

“We are proud to support the Human Services Council in its mission of helping some of New York’s vulnerable residents gain the dignity and services they need and deserve. It is an honor for Citi to be recognized at this year’s Gala,” said Ed Skyler of Citi. 

“Supporting vital nonprofits that make a real difference in the lives of many New York residents has been a priority for Greenberg Traurig since our founding 52 years ago,” said Edward C. Wallace Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s New York office. “We remain committed to carrying on the Greenberg Traurig tradition of giving back to the communities where we live and work and are honored to receive this recognition from HSC.”

Thank you to our generous lead sponsors for the event: Marks Paneth LLP, Citi, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Alliant Insurance Services, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Northwell Health, The Children’s Village, Good Shepherd Services, Mazars USA LLP, Safe Horizon, JCCA, Samaritan Daytop Village, UJA-Federation of New York, Cushman & Wakefield, Focused Wealth Management, Karen Kasner, TCC Group, and Richman Housing Resources LLC.


Contact: Jennifer Barden/ (646) 676-4486/ [email protected]

About HSC: The Human Services Council of New York, a leading advocate for nonprofits providing human services, works to strengthen the ability of nonprofit agencies to maximize human potential in communities across New York. Nearly 200 nonprofit organizations throughout New York City and State are HSC members. 

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