Lilliam Barrios-Paoli was appointed Commissioner of the New York City
Department for the Aging (DFTA) in 2008, following a long career in both
City government and the nonprofit sector. Barrios-Paoli’s prior
public service includes appointments as Commissioner at several agencies
during the Giuliani and Koch Administrations: the New York City Human
Resources Administration with a budget of $6 billion, the nation’s largest
Public Welfare Agency; and before that the New York City Housing and
Preservation Development and the New York City Department of
Personnel. From 1987 to 1989, Ms. Paoli also served as Commissioner
for the New York City Department of Employment overseeing employment
services to more than 85,000 City residents annually.
Ms. Barrios-Paoli has also been a leader in the nonprofit sector.
Prior to joining DFTA, she was President and CEO of Safe Space NYC,
Inc. a non-profit organization serving over 25,000 at-risk children and
families at nearly 40 different program sites throughout Queens and
Manhattan. With an annual budget of over $18 million, Safe Space
provides counseling to thousands of at-risk children and families facing
issues such as poverty, child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence and
As Senior Vice President and Chief Executive for Community Investment
of the United Way of New York City (UWNYC), a non-profit fundraising
organization that distributes over $88 million annually to New York City
nonprofits, Barrios-Paoli was instrumental in the creation and
implementation of the standards and goals of the September 11th Fund,
among her other achievements. The September 11th Fund received
contributions/donations of well over $500 million.
Ms. Barrios-Paoli has also served as the Executive Director of Lincoln
Medical and Mental Health Center, a teaching and tertiary medical center
serving the South Bronx.
Ms. Paoli has also worked in the
nonprofit sector serving as Vice President for Education with the New York
City Partnership from 1990 to 1992 and as Executive Director of the
Literacy Volunteers of NYC from 1992 to 1994.
In addition to a distinguished career, Ms. Paoli has a baccalaureate
degree from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Masters and Ph.D. degree in
Cultural and Urban Anthropology from the New School of Social
Research. She has taught at the City University and the Bank Street
College of Education in New York City and Rutgers University and Montclair
State College in New Jersey.
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