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Lawrence Mandell joined United Way of New York City in 1987 as the organization's Senior Vice President and Director of Agency Services and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 1992. His key accomplishments include the development of a series of public-private partnerships, which include a program aimed at the City's high school dropout program and efforts to deal with the growing incidences of HIV/AIDS among women. He also played a key leadership role in United Way of New York City's unprecedented charitable response following the attacks of September 11th. He harnessed pro-bono assistance from Corporate America to ensure that United Way's infrastructure could support the millions of donations and inquires to the September 11th Fund. Mr. Mandell also played a key role in determining an efficient, long-term fund distribution process for the September 11th Fund.
Mr. Mandell has spent more than 30 years in the non-profit community, serving in management positions as a social worker and mental health counselor. Prior to joining the United Way, Mr. Mandell served as Executive Director of Grand Street Settlement, Associate Executive Director of Abbott House, Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, and Director of Planning Et Development of Rockland County Mental Health Clinic in Pomona, New York.
He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the New Yorkers for Children, and previously served as Chairman of the Lower East Side Family Union and the Human Resource Administration (HRA) Advisory Board. Mr. Mandell also served as a member of the Mayor's Commission on Special Education. Among his many awards, Mr. Mandell was inducted in the Hunter College Alumni Hall of Fame in 1994, received the Hamilton Madison House Distinguished Service Award and Fordham University School of Social Services Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992 and 1996 respectively.
Mr. Mandell holds a BA from Hunter College in New York and an M.S.W. in Casework from Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service.