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Cecile Noel

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Cecile Noel received her Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her Master’s degree in Social Work Administration from Columbia University. She is the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (ICDV), which was established, by the city charter in 2011, to coordinate the delivery of citywide domestic violence services and to formulate related policies and programs. Serving roughly 2,100 clients a month, her office also oversees the Family Justice Centers that operate in the five boroughs of New York City. Prior to serving as the Commissioner, she was the Executive Deputy Commissioner for the Human Resources Administration Emergency Intervention Services, overseeing 500 staff members, 30 contracts, and a budget of $180 million. Noel was able to expand residential and non-residential services for domestic violence survivors to the 52 NYC funded domestic violence shelters. In addition, she established the Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program which is one of the first school-based domestic violence prevention programs in the states. Moreover, Noel oversaw several emergency utility assistance programs such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Home Energy Assistance Program, helping low-income New Yorkers with their utility needs. Noel was also the head of the HRA crisis and Disaster program and Adult Protective Services program for more than a decade.

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