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Safe Horizon Appoints Lisa A. O’Connor as New Deputy CEO and Chief Program Officer 

Dr. Lisa O'Connor Deputy CEO Safe Horizon

March 16, 2021
Contact:, 646-306-1136

NEW YORK – Safe Horizon, the nation‘s largest victim services agency, appoints Lisa A. O’Connor, PhD as its Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO).Dr. O’Connor will also continue to serve as the organization’s Chief Program Officer.  

Dr. O’Connor’s experience in child welfare, juvenile justice, substance abuse, and social policy encompasses a 25-year-career. Prior to joining Safe Horizon in 2013, she was Vice President for Children and Family Services at The New York Foundling where she held executive responsibility for specialized preventive services, residential placement and support functions of the organization.  

Dr. O’Connor also served as Assistant Commissioner for Program Analysis and Development at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), where she was responsible for contract management, program analysis and reporting, and program development. 

Lisa’s commitment to supporting and empowering children, youth and families is extraordinary. During her tenure at Safe Horizon, she has led on many fronts: building a culture of learning, developing innovative practices, and integrating an anti-racist approach across our programs and practice. She brings exceptional leadership, experience and dedication to the work we do with survivors.” said Liz Roberts, Safe Horizon CEO.   

I have dedicated my entire adult life to helping victims of violence find support and healing. I’m honored to continue to support and lead the tremendous work that happens at Safe Horizon in this capacity,” said Dr. O’Connor.    

Dr. O’Connor holds a PhD from Columbia University and a BA in Psychology from Smith College. 

About Safe Horizon

Established in 1978, Safe Horizon is the largest non-profit victim services agency in the United States. It touches the lives of more than 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Safe Horizon envisions a society free of family and community violence, leading the way by empowering victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence. Safe Horizon‘s mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families, and communities. For more information, please visit 

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