On Service Recognition Day, Mayor de Blasio Names New Chief Service Office

Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed today as Service Recognition Day in the City of New York. NYC Service Managing Director Kevin Cummings presented the proclamation at the Friends of Rockaway and St. Bernard Project, bringing NYC Service volunteers and AmeriCorps members to help Rockaway families repair their storm-damaged homes. NYC Service’s Sandy Recovery initiatives have engaged almost 18,000 volunteers across 535 projects. 

Mayor de Blasio also announced Paula Gavin as Chief Service Officer for NYC Service. Paula Gavin brings years of experience in both the private sector and non-profits, including leadership positions at AT&T and the YMCA of Greater New York.

“We have a wealth of power in our people,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The city needs to provide a hub for New Yorkers to find opportunities to serve their communities. I’ve personally seen what Paula Gavin can accomplish – she has a record of results in serving the public interest, and I know she will lead the charge to make NYC Service a volunteer powerhouse.”

“The eight million people of New York City have the world’s greatest energy, talent and spirit,” said incoming Chief Service Officer Paula Gavin. “Each person has much to give and share with others. I am proud and deeply honored to serve New York City and enable NYC service to be a catalyst and channel for service to our great city and each other.”

About Paula Gavin:

Paula Gavin began her career at AT&T, where she worked her way to vice president, supervising business planning, finance and personnel and training for AT&T's Network Services operational unit of 60,000 employees. She went on to lead the YMCA of Greater New York as CEO and president of YMCA of Greater New York, where she led a multisite organization with a budget of $100 million. At National Urban Fellows, she served as president, supporting leadership development for women and people of color. Gavin most recently served as the executive director to the Fund for Public Advocacy, where she championed projects like the GED Campaign to Finish, helping thousands of young adults successfully reach their High School Equivalency.

Paula Gavin received her B.A. from the University of Delaware. She participated in Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program and serves as an adjunct professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

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