Fort Greene resident Pascal to lead faith-based office in City Hall
Worked with Census, Children’s Aid, Brooklyn DA’s Office
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday appointed Nancy Pascal, an organizer, social worker and Fort Greene resident, as director of the Office of Faith and Community Partnerships.
Pascal has a strong background in working with religious communities and most recently served as the faith constituency manager for the city’s successful 2020 Census effort and as citywide faith community coordinator for the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit.
As director of the Office of Faith and Community Partnerships, Pascal, who is completing her MSW at NYU’s School of Social Work, will ensure that communities at all levels have access to City Hall through outreach, education and engagement. One of her crucial roles will be to work with faith leaders and local groups to ensure equitable access to vaccinations and benefits from recovery efforts.
Pascal began her career in public service as a community organizer and Brooklyn representative for then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. In 2015-16 she worked in several capacities for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
Among her duties for the DA’s Office were providing therapeutic support and advocacy for victims of elder abuse and domestic violence; doing intake interviews for felony crime victims and witnesses; coordinating with the Office of Children’s Services; and managing legal diversity recruiting and hiring.
In addition, she has worked, from 2015 to the present, as parent group facilitator for the Children’s Aid Society, helping mothers, especially mothers of African-American boys ages 15 to 18 years old, to explore, develop and share healthy parenting techniques.
Most recently, she served as faith constituency manager for NYC Census 2020, where she co-led citywide efforts in pursuit of NYC Census 2020’s mission to get every New Yorker counted through outreach, education, and engagement.
“Faith communities often serve as a catalyst for equity in our city and often facilitate access to municipal resources. Through the Mayor’s Center for Faith and Community Partnerships we will elevate and ensure that faith leaders continue to be part of our drive for an equitable recovery for us all. I am honored to continue this epic work,” said Nancy Pascal.
Pascal is a New York City native and a mother who earned her BA from SUNY Buffalo in Political Science and will be completing her MSW from the NYU School of Social Work. She lives in Brooklyn where she is part of the fabric of the Fort Greene community.
“Nancy Pascal is a distinguished leader who cares greatly about our city and its faith communities. She has the vision, experience and expertise needed to strengthen the connections between faith organizations and New Yorkers. I congratulate Nancy on her appointment and applaud Mayor de Blasio for the selection,” said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.
“Nancy is a great resource for our faith community. She was instrumental to bring in much needed resources (PPE and Covid-19 Testing) to fight Covid-19 in our community. We wish her success as the Executive Director for the Center for Faith and Community Partnership,” said Dr. Jahangir Kabir, Baitul Mamur Masjid and Community Center, Brooklyn.
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