Ariel Zwang Elected as Chief Executive Officer of Safe Horizon

Posted on: Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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Ariel Zwang Elected as Chief Executive Officer of Safe Horizon

On May 7, 2008, Safe Horizon announced the election of Ariel Zwang as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2008. Ms. Zwang joins Safe Horizon from New York Cares where, as Executive Director for seven years, she built the organization into New York’s largest volunteer organization, sustaining annual double digit revenue growth while mobilizing 40,000 volunteers each year to help nearly 400,000 New Yorkers in need of services.

New York Cares and Safe Horizon both have long histories of service to New Yorkers omega replica watches in crisis, and have often coordinated efforts. New York Cares played a pivotal role in mobilizing volunteers after September 11th, ultimately deploying over 50,000 people across the city. Many of these volunteers worked side by side with Safe Horizon’s staff at Pier 90. As a result, Safe Horizon was able to distribute over $250 million in immediate, financial assistance through the September 11th Fund to more than 55,000 survivors, and the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) designated New York Cares as the lead agency for mobilizing volunteers in future emergencies.

"We are so pleased Ariel Zwang will join Safe Horizon as our next CEO," states Brooke McMurray, Chair of Safe Horizon. "Ariel brings a superb set of leadership skills and a distinguished track record of success to our organization. This year, Safe Horizon will celebrate 30 years of providing critical services to victims of violence and abuse. As we build on this legacy and expand our outreach, I am confident Ariel is the right person to lead us during this exciting time."

"Finding creative solutions to social problems and mobilizing people to help those in need have always been my priorities," says Ms. Zwang. "I am honored and privileged to be joining an organization that shares this dedication and has such an accomplished history in helping hundreds of thousands of individuals and families emerge from violence and rebuild their lives. Family violence is at the core of nearly all the other complex social problems that weaken our communities and undermine individual potential. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help continue Safe Horizon’s outstanding work and broaden its impact."

Ariel Zwang brings a wealth of expertise and an ideal combination of skills and experience to lead Safe Horizon forward. Prior to her position at New York Cares, President Clinton appointed Ms. Zwang as a White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she served as a special assistant to HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo. Ms. Zwang has been involved in the New York City community for over a decade. She directed operations for the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, an organization that provides job training, low-income housing, social services and economic development in the South Bronx. As Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the New York Board of Education, Ms. Zwang participated in all aspects of administering the $8 billion school system and formulating relevant policy, including facilitating in the creation of new schools and programs.

Ariel Zwang received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. In 2006, she received the John Whitehead Social Enterprise Award from the Harvard Business School Club of New York, recognizing alumni who make significant contributions to nonprofit organizations in the New York area. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Points of Light Foundation and is on the Board of Trustees for Miss Porter’s School.

Safe Horizon has had just two Chief Executive Officers since it was established nearly 30 years ago: Lucy Friedman, the founder, and Gordon Campbell, who left Safe Horizon to join the United Way of New York City. Each of these visionary leaders left behind a legacy of innovation, compassion, commitment and expertise - all qualities that Ariel Zwang will bring to her new position as the next CEO of Safe Horizon.

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