Phipps Neighborhoods, a leading social service not-for-profit organization affiliated with affordable housing not-for-profit Phipps Houses, announced its new Executive Director/CEO, Andre White. Recognized as a national leader in the field of youth employment, White brings nearly two decades of public service experience and accomplishments to Phipps Neighborhoods.
White most recently oversaw an array of programs comprising $220 million in annual public and private funding at NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). His DYCD portfolio and past leadership roles mirror many of Phipps Neighborhoods’ program areas, including youth workforce development; education, student engagement and drop-out prevention; college access and professional certification; direct community services and case management, among others.
During his tenure, White was instrumental in the evolution of DYCD’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)—the nation’s largest summer jobs initiative—particularly during the program’s 2019 redesign and expansion. Phipps Neighborhoods has been an active participant in SYEP, placing more than 1,100 youth in gainful summer work experiences over the last two years.
Adam Weinstein, President and CEO of Phipps Houses and Chairman of Phipps Neighborhoods, lauded White’s hire. “I can think of no one better suited to lead Phipps Neighborhoods at this moment. Andre impressed our search committee with his breadth of knowledge, resourcefulness, seriousness of purpose, and tremendous warmth. These qualities would shine in the best of times, but will be even more important as we continue to face COVID-19 as a community.”
Andre White, Executive Director and CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods. “As someone who has dedicated his life to creating opportunities for young people and their families, and to restoring dignity through employment, training and education, I am excited to join the Phipps Neighborhoods family. Phipps is nothing short of a Bronx institution with an immeasurable impact on helping New Yorkers enjoy full, self-sufficient lives. Using that legacy of success as a foundation, there are tremendous opportunities to enhance the rich array of services Phipps offers to better meet the changing needs of our communities. I am both humbled and honored to lead Phipps Neighborhoods through what is perhaps one of the most pivotal times for low-income and working people in New York City.”
Prior to joining DYCD, White was a Policy Analyst for the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, where he served as a direct community and government liaison. He played a lead role in developing needs assessments strategies of Brooklyn youth, conducting social, health, and economic development research. He has also acted as Adjunct Professor at York College, Program Coordinator for Project Reach Youth.
Andre has served on numerous Citywide task forces, and currently sits on the advisory board of Samaschool and Genesys Works New York. He holds a BA in Political Science and MA in Political Science, Urban Policy and Administration from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College.
ABOUT PHIPPS NEIGHBORHOODS
Phipps Neighborhoods is a not-for-profit organization that works toward a New York City in which no one is caught in the cycle of poverty. Each year we provide 12,000 children, youth, and families in low-income neighborhoods the opportunities they need to thrive through comprehensive education and career programs, and access to community services. It is affiliated with Phipps Houses, the nation’s oldest and one of its largest not-for-profit organizations that builds and operates affordable housing.
For more information, visit www.phippsny.org.
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