In April 2002, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Jeanne as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). As New York City’s lead agency for administering youth and community programs, DYCD invests public funds in experienced community-based organizations that provide after-school programs, train young people for jobs and enhance individuals’ literacy skills, among other goals.
During her tenure, Jeanne steered the organization through a tremendous period of growth and transformation. In 2003, Mayor Bloomberg streamlined the City’s social services by eliminating the Department of Employment and relocating its portfolio of youth workforce programs to DYCD. The same year, DYCD was designated the lead agency to craft and implement his Out of School time initiative, an effort to improve the quality of after school programming across New York City and maximize resources.
Prior to DYCD, Jeanne worked at The After School Corporation, (TASC), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the need for available and high quality after-school programs. As Vice President of External Relations, she oversaw all aspects of government affairs and media relations and promoted TASC’s legislative agenda. Previously, as Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the NYS Attorney General’s Office, she shaped legislative and policy proposals relating to criminal justice and victim-related topics. Throughout the 1990s, Jeanne held several senior management positions at Victim Services (now “Safe Horizon”), a major non-profit provider of services to crime victims in New York City.
Jeanne has served on multiple non-profits boards over the years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New York Women’s Foundation and Bronx Children’s Museum. She is a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Center for Families Learning.
Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. She currently resides in Yonkers.