Top Jobs Turning Over in New York City

February 11, 2014       Mark Hrywna      

The new year is young but it already has brought turnover at the highest levels among some of New York City’s largest and most prominent charities.

Geoffrey Canada announced yesterday that he would be stepping down after 24 years as CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) just days after Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) President Karen Brooks Hopkins announced she would step down next year. And, Children’s Aid Society CEO Richard Buery, Jr., was tapped to be a deputy mayor in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.

United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of Jewish Philanthropies New York last month appointed Eric S. Goldstein as president and CEO, effective July 1.

Williams-Isom, who has been chief operating officer at HCZ since 2009, will become CEO also on July 1. “Even after we had proven that the comprehensive approach of the Harlem Children’s Zone could help large numbers of kids from low-income families to succeed at scale, I knew the biggest challenge was finding someone who could take this work to the next level,” Canada said. “After an exhaustive national search over many years, Anne was the one person I found that had what’s needed for this job: tough-minded leadership, dedication to our mission and the capacity to love thousands of kids,” he said. Canada will remain as president of the board.

Canada was selected to The NonProfit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50 in 2009 and 2011 and was among those featured in the 2010 documentary about public education, “Waiting for Superman.” HCZ runs a comprehensive network of education, social service and community-building programs for children, from birth through college and the adults around them. HCZ serves more than 12,300 children in both charter and traditional public schools.

HCZ reported total revenue of $141 million for the fiscal year ending June 2012.

That year, Canada earned total compensation of $336,455, including bonus and incentive compensation of $136,425, according to the organization’s 990. As COO, Williams-Isom earned $285,306, including $25,000 in bonus compensation.

Hopkins has been with BAM since 1979, serving as its president since 1999. She took over the leadership with Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo from former President and Executive Producer Harvey Lichtenstein.

As president of BAM, Hopkins oversees 230 full-time employees and various facilities. BAM reported total revenue of $75 million in the fiscal year ending June 2012, up from $50 million the previous year. Hopkins earned total compensation that year of $413,491, including base salary of $356,458.

Goldstein will succeed John Ruskay, who will step down after 15 years as executive vice president and CEO. A partner in the litigation practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, Goldstein also chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. UJA-Federation of New York reported total revenue of almost $213 million for the year ending June 2012, ranking No. 81 on the NPT 100, The NonProfit Times’ annual study of the nation’s largest nonprofits. As CEO, Ruskay earned total compensation of $3.151 million.