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GSS Alumna Named Executive Director in Adams Administration


Fordham GSS alumna Karen Ford, GSS ’96, has been appointed to act as the Executive Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Nonprofit Services. Congratulations, Karen!

Ford was appointed to the office on December 27. That same day, Adams also appointed Jasmine Ray as Director of Mayor’s Office of Sports, Wellness, and Recreation.

“Jasmine Ray and Karen Ford are two passionate public servants who have dedicated their careers to empowering and advocating for New Yorkers across the five boroughs,” Mayor Adams said in a press release announcing the appointments.“ These two new appointees will utilize these newly created offices to connect New Yorkers to an active lifestyle, build healthier communities, and create a smoother process for our nonprofit partners. Jasmine and Karen will bring not only a deep passion to their roles but also a wealth of experience to our team, and I’m proud to have them join our administration.”

Fordham GSS Community member Anne Williams-Isom, currently the Deputy Director for Health and Human Services under the Adams administration, was also quoted in the article:

“Nonprofits are so often our trusted partners across the city, delivering services within the communities they know best,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom.“With Karen’s appointment, our administration adds an experienced leader to elevate the voices of nonprofit providers. Importantly, Karen brings a person-centric approach to her work and her vision for how we can serve our nonprofits better and thereby serve every New Yorker that encounters those nonprofits in a richer, more efficient, and more effective way. I am grateful to Karen for taking on this role.”

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