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Nancy Wackstein has been Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNH) since 2002. UNH is the federation of the City’s 38 settlement houses and community centers. Prior to her UNH appointment, she was the Executive Director of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a settlement house on Manhattan’s East Side, for eleven years.
Ms. Wackstein served as Director of the Mayor’s Office on Homelessness and SRO Housing from 1990-1991 under Mayor David N. Dinkins. She was Senior Policy Advisor for Human Services in Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins’ Office from 1986-1989, where she was also Staff Director for the Task Force on Housing for Homeless Families.
Ms. Wackstein received a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, State University of New York, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Ms. Wackstein currently serves on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations, including the United Way of New York City and United Neighborhood Centers of America, and is Immediate Past Board Chair of the Human Services Council of New York. Ms. Wackstein was appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2003 to the New York City Youth Board and to the Citywide Coordinating Committee to End Chronic Homelessness, in 2006 to the New York City Commission for Economic Opportunity and in 2009 to the NYC Commission on LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth.
In 2013, Ms. Wackstein was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Binghamton University.
In 2011 Ms. Wackstein was named by the National Association of Social Workers NYC as a Top Leader in the profession. In 2009 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Columbia University School of Social Work Hall Alumni Association. Ms. Wackstein also is the recipient of several professional awards, notably the Samuel and May Rudin Community Service Award for exceptional service to the homeless, the recognition award from the Settlement Housing Fund for her efforts to end homelessness, and the annual award from The Council on Homeless Policies and Services.