President and CEO Richard R. Buery, Jr. Departs to Become Deputy Mayor

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February 4, 2014

The Children’s Aid Society today announced that Richard R. Buery, Jr., will resign his position as president and CEO effective February 28 and become Mayor Bill de Blasio’s deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives.

The Children’s Aid Society Board of Trustees has announced that Bill Weisberg, currently the organization’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, will be interim CEO effective March 1.

“It has been a unique privilege to lead The Children’s Aid Society and to serve the children and families in New York City who benefit from the work of its remarkable staff,” Buery said. “Together, we have insisted that a brighter future for every child is within our grasp. Our efforts have contributed to a citywide movement to expand educational opportunities by investing in early childhood and after-school programs. While it is bittersweet to leave, I join the mayor’s team knowing that this administration shares the value of investing in our city’s future—our children.”

Buery, named the 10th president and chief executive officer of The Children’s Aid Society in October 2009, was the first black leader of the organization and its youngest since Charles Loring Brace founded Children’s Aid in 1853. Under Buery’s leadership, Children’s Aid has worked with staff, funders, community members, partners, and government to construct a cradle-though-college path out of poverty for low-income youth, and is building a results-oriented culture to ensure the positive impact of its programs.

“I speak for the entire board when I say we are indebted to Richard Buery for his service to The Children’s Aid Society,” said Mark M. Edmiston, chair of the Board of Trustees. “At a critical point in our evolution, he helped to take an effective agency and build an even stronger organization through his visionary leadership. He leaves us with a great legacy. He has created innovative programs to move families and system-involved youth out of poverty; connected an array of strong early childhood, after-school and teen programs into a logical sequence of steps toward success for each child; and taken the next step in establishing full-service community schools. We are committed to upholding our shared vision and commitment by working with the top-notch management team he has assembled to ensure a path out of poverty and toward college graduation for every child we are so privileged to serve.”

Children’s Aid now concentrates its efforts in four high-needs neighborhoods—the South Bronx, Washington Heights, Harlem and East Harlem, and northern Staten Island—and is reallocating resources to make long-term investments to serve some of the city’s most vulnerable children in those communities.

“Children’s Aid is expanding services, such as early childhood education, evidence-based pregnancy prevention and child welfare models, and health services, and ensuring their high quality in an agency-wide effort to deepen our impact on the lives of the children we serve,” said Weisberg. “I look forward to working with the board, staff and the City administration to help children in low-income communities seize opportunities and thrive.”

Buery came to Children’s Aid from Groundwork, Inc., a nonprofit organization he founded to serve the children and families of Brooklyn public housing developments. He had previously founded iMentor, a technology education and mentoring program that each year connects New York City middle and high school students with professional mentors through online and face-to-face meetings. As an undergraduate, he co-founded his first nonprofit, the Mission Hill Summer Program, an enrichment program for children in the Mission Hill Housing Development in the Roxbury section of Boston.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, Buery has a background in law, education and politics. Prior to founding iMentor, he was a staff attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Buery was a 1992-1993 Michael Clark Rockefeller Fellow, in 2000 was named one of Ebony magazine’s “30 Leaders of the Future Under 30,” and in 2009 was named one of Crain’s New York Business’s “40 Leaders of the Future Under 40” in recognition of his contributions to the life of New York City.

About The Children’s Aid Society
The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at (212) 949-4938/ (917) 204-8214, email anthonyr@childrensaidsociety.org or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.