April 15, 2015 (New York, NY) – Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (“Met Council”) today announced that its board of directors has voted to appoint Alan Schoor as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Schoor, who currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Operations at Touro College, will officially join Met Council in mid-May. He is replacing David M. Frankel, who, as previously announced, will serve Met Council through 2015 as its Executive Chairman.
“Alan’s appointment marks a great step forward for Met Council,” said Met Council Board President, Steven Price. “His 35 years of experience managing government, corporate and Jewish communal not-for-profit organizations will enhance service delivery and program development for Met Council. Over the past year, under David Frankel’s leadership, Met Council has improved governance, operational, and financial controls; developed a plan for the organization’s longstanding financial viability as an independent organization; and expanded many program areas in its portfolio — and we are eternally grateful for his service.”
“It will be an incredible honor to lead Met Council’s outstanding staff in aiding, sustaining, and empowering the neediest in our community,” said Mr. Schoor. “The organization has accomplished so much in its 42 years of service to New Yorkers, and I look forward to working with the devoted board, management, and staff in strengthening and developing its corpus of vital programs.”
Alan Schoor is an accomplished executive with broad operational and management experience in government, private, and not-for-profit organizations. Currently serving as the Senior Vice President for Operations at Touro College, he is responsible for the school’s administrative and business functions including its real estate management and development, information systems, procurement, and human resources. He previously served as Chief Business and Administrative Officer at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), where he improved clinician productivity, implemented new organizational systems and reduced administrative expenses. He also has held senior positions at Energy Investment Inc., Honeywell Inc., and the City of New York’s Department of General Services. Schoor holds a Bachelor’s degree from City College and a Masters in Business Administration from Baruch College.
“UJA-Federation supports the decision of Met Council’s board to maintain an independent organization supporting the Jewish Community Councils. Alan is an experienced executive and we are pleased to have him directing Met Council’s critical work of caring for the most vulnerable New Yorkers,” said Alisa R. Doctoroff, President, UJA-Federation of New York.
“UJA-Federation is gratified by the decision of the Met Council Board and the JCCs to remain independent, and supports the choice of Alan Schoor as the new Executive Director/CEO of Met Council. Based on Alan’s experience at JBFCS and Touro, UJA is pleased to have Alan directing Met Council and working with their outstanding staff,” said Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York.
“With the number and challenges of the Jewish poor continuing to compound, more and more people come to Met Council each day in need of help,” said Met Council Board Co-Chair, Joseph Shenker. “To address these growing needs, over the past year we launched new privately-funded meal programs; hired more social workers to assist clients in financial crisis and trained handymen to repair the homes of needy seniors; solicited applications on our new affordable housing development in the Bronx; and piloted new program models to help New Yorkers enroll in public benefits. These have been tremendous accomplishments, but we can and must do more. Alan Schoor’s experience, passion, integrity, and leadership will ensure Met Council achieves that goal.”