Mayor de Blasio appointed Bill Chong, currently the Department for the Aging's Deputy Commissioner for Program Operations, to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development.
, who helped implement the city's current Out-of-School-Time Initiative, will be charged with helping execute Mayor de Blasio's plan to provide after-school programs for every middle schooler.
We are going to focus on improving the programs we have, and fighting for Mayor de Blasio's plan to ensure every middle schooler has a place to go after school," said DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong.
About Bill Chong:
has spent his
career helping build the capacity of community-based organizations to serve young people, the elderly and vulnerable populations.
most recently served as Deputy Commissioner for Program Operations at the Department
of the Aging
, where he
has overseen a portfolio of nearly $200 million in services.
Since joining DFTA, Chong has fostered a more streamlined and inclusive process for service providers, simplifying their relationship with the City and helping better match services with community needs.
worked to bring more stakeholders into disaster preparedness plans and involve neighborhood groups on the frontlines in protecting seniors during emergencies.
In eight years at the Department of Youth and Community Development
was a leader in implementing the Out-of-School-Time Initiative-an
after-school program that has served over 630,000 youth.
As Deputy Commissioner for Youth Services and Assistant Commissioner for Capacity Building
partnered with NYCHA, the Parks Department and the Department of Education to fund over 500 programs across the city, helping reach disadvantaged youth.
Prior to his work at DYCD, Chong was Vice President for Programs at the Citizens Committee for New York City, administering grants to local volunteer groups to address neighborhood concerns ranging from alleviating poverty to street beautification.
He has held positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the New York City Department of Personnel, and the New York State Division of Human Rights.