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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Chancellor Carmen Farina Welcomes Josh Wallack To Her Clubhouse

Josh Wallack
From Betsy Combier:

Mr. Wallack, the latest former member of the Bloomberg Administration to be given a high-level position with new Mayor De Blasio, has no experience as an educator.

Just making sure you make note of this.

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From: Chancellor Carmen Farina
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:50 PM
Subject: Staff Update:
Josh Wallack

Dear Colleagues,

I’m excited to announce a new appointment to our leadership team. Josh Wallack will join us as Chief Strategy Officer, fulfilling a critical role thinking through long-term strategies to strengthen school support, to improve classroom instruction, and to help lead the implementation of universal pre-kindergarten.

Josh comes with decades of experience in City government and education, most recently leading The Children’s Aid Society early childhood programs, where he worked to provide comprehensive support to children and their families in targeted, high-needs New York City neighborhoods. While at The Children’s Aid Society, he served on Mayor de Blasio’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten Implementation Working Group. Prior, Josh was the Chief Operating Officer for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) where he supervised four operating divisions of NYCEDC and led projects critical to the City’s economic development agenda. Notably, Josh also served as the Legislative Director for then-Council Member Bill de Blasio from 2002 to 2006.

Josh brings strategic guidance that will be a real asset to our team; please join me in welcoming him.


Carmen FariƱa


Josh Wallack's Bio

Vice President, Early Childhood Services

Children's Aid Society
Greater New York City Area

Chief Operating Officer

New York City Economic Development Corporation

NYCEDC is a local development corporation which serves as the City’s primary tool for using municipal assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve quality of life.

Directly supervise four operating divisions of NYCEDC: Planning and Development, Real Estate Transaction Services, Capital Projects, and Asset Management.

Successes include Applied Sciences NYC, the initiative through which Cornell University and the Technion agreed to build a 2 million sq. ft. graduate engineering center on Roosevelt Island, and the Hunter’s Point South project, which aims to create 5,000 new units of housing on the Queens waterfront. Project is under construction with agreement for developer to build first 1,000 units.

Senior Policy Advisor

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development

Advance the Mayor's agenda for the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan by working to ensure that the 9-11 Memorial would open by the tenth anniversary of the attacks, coordinating city agencies, and managing relationships with private and public partners to initiate and manage large capital projects.

Legislative Director/Campaign Manager

Office of Council Member Bill de Blasio

Worked with multiple partners to pass bills improving the child care and welfare-to-work systems and rezoning areas of the district to preserve neighborhood character and create new housing. Managed Bill de Blasio's 2005 re-election campaign.

Director of Business Development

Fifth Avenue Committee

Developed social-purpose businesses and targeted training programs to create job opportunities for people facing multiple barriers to employment. Developed new program that trains 80 people each year for high-wage jobs in the telecommunications sector.

Director, Next Step Program

Project Renewal

Designed and managed job training and education program for homeless people recovering from drug addiction or mental illness. Program placed over 200 clients into full-time jobs. Over 65% were still working 6 months after initial placement.

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