Priority and Strategy Council

The Priority & Strategy Council is a decision making body whose members are invested in HSC’s agenda and are empowered to act as champions for HSC. The structure of the Priority & Strategy Council provides a broad forum for discussion of substantive issues that cut across sectors. The role of the Priority & Strategy Council is to establish the priorities and strategic direction for HSC and guide the organization’s advocacy work by identifying new trends and offering ideas for new approaches and suggestions of issues HSC should address. Five people act as liaisons between HSC’s Board and the Priority & Strategy Council and act as advocates for the Priority & Strategy Council in Board discussions, bringing their perspectives into Board deliberations and ensuring their priorities are being carried out faithfully.


Chair: Darren Bloch, Chief Executive Officer, Greenwich House

Vice Chair: Jeannette K. Ruffins, Chief Executive Officer, Homeward NYC

Members of HSC’s Priority and Strategy Council

Melissa Aase, University Settlement Society of New York
Ronald Abad, Community Housing Innovations
Stacy Bliagos, HANAC
Carrie Bloss, Heights and Hills
Grace Bonilla, United Way of New York City
David Garza, Henry Street Settlement
Sharon Greenberger, YMCA of Greater New York
Margarita Guzmán, Violence Intervention Program
Yasmeen Hamza, Womankind
Christopher Hanway, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House
Jeremy Kaplan, Encore Community Services
Judy Kluger, Sanctuary for Families
Thomas Krever, Member at Large
Pascale Leone, Supportive Housing Network of New Yorl
Rachel Levine, Nazareth Housing
Maria Lizardo, NMIC
Craig Longley, Catholic Guardian Services
Diane Louard-Michel, Lantern Community Services
Jonathan McLean, CASES
Alan Mucatel, Rising Ground
Mitchell Netburn, Samaritan Daytop Village
Ramon Peguero, The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
Ronald Richter, JCCA
Liz Roberts, Safe Horizon
Denise Rosario, Coalition for Hispanic Family Services
Dawn Saffayeh, HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services
Rita Santelia, Mosholu Montefiore Community Center
Sharon Sewell-Fairman, Women Creating Change
Ann Shalof, Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter
Jaclyn Stoll, Project Hospitality
Udai Tambar, New York Junior Tennis & Learning
Saskia Traill, ExpandED Schools
Andre White, Phipps Neighborhoods
Darlene Williams, Union Settlement