While New Yorkers have dedicated their energy to fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, it is easy to forget about the ongoing problems many across the city are suffering from — and the fact that, for many, those problems have been worse in the last few months. It also has us thinking anew about what it means to be a human services essential worker in this moment. Our guest, Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon, says it is time to address systemic failures throughout the human services sector, the way these services have been defunded over time, and the way nonprofits interact with police departments, the government, and the people they serve.
ABOUT OUR GUEST:
Ariel Zwang has been the CEO of Safe Horizon since 2008. Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading provider of services to victims of crime and abuse. Each year it provides support to hundreds of thousands of people who have endured domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, and many other forms of violence. Ariel was previously the executive director of New York Cares, which, under her leadership, became the city’s largest volunteer organization, deploying 40,000 volunteers annually. She was appointed a White House Fellow from 1999-2000 by President Bill Clinton. Ariel’s previous experience includes serving as a vice president of the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation in the South Bronx, and as special assistant to the Chancellor of the New York City Board of Education. Ariel began her career at Morgan Stanley and the Boston Consulting Group. She is a board member of the Human Services Council of New York and a former board member of the Points of Light Foundation. Ariel received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College.
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