Met Council’s Chief Program Officer Wins Social Workers Award


The National Association of Social Workers, New York Chapter, awarded their Emerging Leaders Recognition to Nicole Doniger. As Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s Chief Program Officer, Nicole has demonstrated exemplary leadership in redesigning Met Council’s social service departments to better serve the tens of thousands of needy New Yorkers across the five boroughsThe NASW National Awards recognize leaders in the profession and in our communities who fully embody social work values and ethics.

“Nicole has devoted her career to creating solutions to end the cyclical effects of poverty,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director David M. Frankel.   “Because of her devotion and leadership, as well as the extraordinary progress she has catalyzed at our organization, we are extremely proud of Nicole’s well deserved recognition.”

As a result of Nicole’s vision and under her direction, each Met Council social service program area has expanded and improved, with more social workers and MSW students on staff, more staff stationed in the communities in which they serve, and more streamlined client care between departments.

Together with our caseworkers, Nicole has implemented a strengths-based approach to Met Council’s work with clients, empowering them to confront their crises with the support they need. She directs our case workers to meet clients where they are — physically, mentally, and emotionally — and work with them to conduct a thorough assessment and create an effective intervention plan to develop a resolution.

“I am very proud of the work that our social services staff has achieved—this award reflects the great work of all of them,” said Nicole Doniger, Met Council’s Chief Program Officer. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the National Association of Social Workers for all of our work.”

Nicole currently oversees Met Council’s Crisis Intervention, Family Violence Services, Homes Services, Food, and Volunteer departments, managing an 80 person staff and a budget of $9 million

“The NASW-NYC Leadership Awards are determined by a jury of professional social workers,” said NASW-NYC Executive Director Robert Schachter, DSW.  “They are very discerning about leadership.  As a result of this selection process, to be honored is truly a reflection of authentic accomplishment.”


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