Baruch College Alumna Allison Sesso Named Executive Director of Human Services Council


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NEW YORK, NY - March 4, 2014 -Baruch College alumna Allison Sesso has been named the new Executive Director of the Human Services Council (HSC) by the HSC’s Board of Directors. Sesso will officially begin her new role on March 3, 2014, when the current Executive Director Michael Stoller steps down.

In a press release by the HSC, Sesso said, “I look forward to working as an agent of change for nonprofit providers, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead an organization that is devoted to safeguarding the quality of life of the people of New York. With a new city administration in place, we have an opportunity to work collaboratively with government on fresh, innovative approaches to social challenges.”

Sesso earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in 2003. She has served as deputy executive director of HSC since 2003, leading numerous policy and advocacy initiatives, including negotiations with city and state government around cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for nonprofit workers; the development and implementation of reforms to streamline the relationship between nonprofits and government; and oversight of disaster recovery and preparedness efforts on behalf of the nonprofit sector. She is an expert on the budget process and has extensive knowledge of human services funding streams. She also ran HSC’s successful “Who Cares? I Do” public mobilization campaign that built wider recognition and support for human services.

Sesso’s past professional experiences include working at a prominent investment bank, at the New York Public Interest Research Group, and as the coordinator of a program for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Florida. As a Fellow at SUNY Albany’s Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, Sesso worked with the Empire Justice Center on statewide child care policy issues. She worked on policies responsive to the needs of the disabled during her internship with Belize Government in Central America while earning her undergraduate degree at SUNY Cortland.

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About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

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