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Alumnus Wins 2015 Sloan Public Service Award

Stephen O'Brien

Stephen O'Brien

NEW YORK, NY -- June 11, 2015 - Baruch College Alumnus Stephen O’Brien (MPA ’06) has earned a Sloan Public Service Award for bringing fresh produce and healthier food options into public schools in New York City.

Stephen O’Brien is the director of food and menu management in the Department of Education where his team offers meals to 1.1 million students every day. He’s one of six New York City civil servants who were honored with the 2015 Sloan Public Service Award, considered the Nobel Prize of city government.  O’Brien is active in alumni affairs, serving as a Mentor and Chair of the Advisory Committee for Executives on Campus.

The annual award, presented by the Fund for the City of New York at Cooper Union, includes a $10,000 cash prize. This year’s recipients have unparalleled records of serving the City in a wide range of fields: libraries, public health, parks and recreation, housing, child protection and education. Collectively, they have provided more than 150 years of exemplary public service to New Yorkers.

Trained as a chef with degrees in Culinary Arts, Food Service Management and Administration, Stephen O’Brien and his team, offer breakfast, lunch and afterschool meals to 1.1 million students daily. Since 2009, O’Brien has been on a mission to remove polystyrene trays from New York City schools. Next year, all schools will use compostable trays, eliminating 150 million polystyrene trays annually from the City’s waste stream. He has also helped create the Urban School Food Alliance, a partnership of food service directors from the largest urban school districts in America.

About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 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



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