Deputy Director for New York City Policy & Advocacy
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Gregory Brender is Deputy Director for New York City Policy & Advocacy United Neighborhood Houses. Gregory leads UNH’s city level advocacy as well as UNH’s work in early childhood education, after-school, youth services, homelessness and public housing. Gregory works closely with UNH member agency staff and program participants as well as government to advocate for neighborhood based services for New York City’s children and low-income communities.
Gregory plays a leadership role in much of UNH’s coalition work. He co-leads the grassroots mobilization effort of Campaign for Children a coalition of more than 150 organizations working towards ensuring high quality early childhood education and after-school for every child in New York City, co-chairs the Campaign for Summer Jobs and serves on the steering Committee of Winning Beginning NY, New York’s Statewide Early Care and Learning Coalition. He has helped lead effective coalitions that led to substantial new investments in high quality human services including New York City’s expansion of Universal Pre-Kindergarten and after-school programs.
Gregory has also written extensively about human services in New York City’s neighborhoods. Publications include: Off Target: How Cuts to Child Care and After-School Leave Out Public Housing Communities, Peg’d Away: The Impact of NYC PEG Plans on New York City, it’s people and it’s communities (with Carin Tinney) and Here are Three Things the Next Mayor Can Do for NYC’s Youngest: Expert Advice on How to Strengthen Early Childhood Education (with Stephanie Gendell).
Before UNH, Gregory worked at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office as part of the Community Affairs Team on former Borough President Scott Stringer’s initiative to reform and empower Manhattan’s community boards. Prior, Gregory served as Assemblymember Deborah Glick’s community liaison to the neighborhoods in the Village and SoHo, working to fight mass eviction of middle to low-income tenants and helping constituents in need obtain public benefits.
Gregory received his own early childhood education at Lindgren and the Spring School. He studied Literature and Philosophy at Beloit College in Wisconsin and holds a M.A. in Politics with a focus on American Politics and Government from New York University.