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Bernstein Plans to Step Down from Educational Alliance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Scaglione   
Sunday, 03 March 2013 14:50

Robin Bernstein has announced plans to step down as President and CEO of the Educational Alliance at the end of this calendar year.


Bernstein joined the Educational Alliance in 1987 as a union social worker and was appointed CEO in the summer of 1999.

“Robin has had a remarkable and impactful 25 year career with the Alliance,” said Russell Makowsky , Chair of the Board of Trustees.  “She has been a visionary leader, creating and supporting the creation and expansion of new and innovative programs, among them our successful College Prep program for high school students on the Lower East Side, Project ORE for homeless Jewish Older Adults, and most recently our groundbreaking College Access and Success program which is successfully helping parents of our Head Start and Early Head Start children get a college education and break the multi-generational cycle of poverty in their families.

“Under her watch and with her essential and tireless efforts, we have raised the funds to undertake the complete renovation of our flagship building at 197 East Broadway, the renovation of kitchens and bathrooms in all apartments in our Podell senior housing at 179 Henry Street, and a new outpatient addiction treatment facility in the East Village,” Makowsky continued.  “Of equal significance, Robin has brought together a strong and effective management team and program staff, and a dedicated and involved Board of Trustees.”

“As I embark on this transition process, I feel a profound sense of satisfaction from all that we have achieved together to better the lives of the hundreds and thousands of people who have been changed by their involvement with the Alliance,” said Bernstein.  “I feel that the time is right for the organization, and also for me, to forge ahead into new and exciting endeavors. I am confident that the Educational Alliance is poised for greatness.

“I know in my heart that once the Manny Cantor Center opens, this new structure needs new leadership,” Bernstein continued. “Certainly, after 25 years I feel that it is the right time for me to explore what I want to do next personally and professionally. In my travels over the past two years, including trips to Africa, Washington, and the Aspen Institute, I have begun to open my mind to my desire to find the next frontier."

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