Robert S. Budd, MPS
President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert S. Budd is President and Chief Executive Officer of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), a not-for-profit agency that provides educational, community living opportunities and other support services for people with disabilities.
is a vision driven, results orientated leader with extensive experience as a consensus builder, program developer, operations manager, trouble-shooter, management trainer and consultant.
has over 30 years of progressive leadership experience successfully interacting and negotiating with Federal, State
and County agencies.
Mr. Budd joined FREE in 1985 and has held key operations positions including Chief Administrative Officer, Associate Executive Director and Director of Quality Assurance and Education and Training.
Mr. Budd was named Chief Executive Officer in 2008.
He played a key leadership role in expansion of the organization from an annual budget of $1 million in 1985, serving forty-five individuals to a network of organizations providing over $100 million of services in 2014.
Today, the network serves over 3,500 individuals annually in community living opportunities, vocational and clinical programs on Long Island
has initiated and developed numerous innovative proposals including a Career Center, services for individuals with multiple diagnoses, Individual Residential Alternatives, Day Programs, Crisis Residences, Health Care Clinic, Horse Ranch and various other programs for the under-served.
has effectively incorporated necessary procedural changes to increase efficiency as the organization grew from 45 to 2,000 employees.
is actively involved with many human service agencies that support people with developmental and other disabilities.
He is past president of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA), as well as having been the president of many advocacy organizations in the past.
Mr. Budd is also on the Board of Directors for the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), a national nonprofit trade association representing private providers of supports for people with disabilities.
Mr. Budd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Potsdam and a Master of Professional Studies in psychology from Long Island University, CW Post.