Eileen Torres Named New BronxWorks Executive Director

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

The BronxWorks Board of Directors has selected Eileen Torres to serve as the next Executive Director of the organization.  Ms. Torres, who has served as Interim Executive Director since July 2013, was officially named as the new permanent Executive Director effective May 1, 2014.

“We are delighted with the selection of Eileen as the new head of BronxWorks,” said board chair David McLean.  “With nearly 20 years of experience at BronxWorks, she has proven enthusiasm for its important mission, and has amply demonstrated her leadership abilities during her tenure as Interim Executive Director.  She is thoroughly familiar with our programs, culture, and communities.  Eileen will be a fine leader as we work hard to enhance BronxWorks’ pre-eminent position as a provider of social services in the Bronx.”

During Ms. Torres’ interim leadership, BronxWorks received a 2013 New York Nonprofit Excellence Award, was selected as a merit finalist in the nationwide Community Partnership Award of Mutual of America, and named a finalist in the Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Board Leadership, a greater New York metropolitan area award organized by VCG Governance Matters.  BronxWorks was also awarded contracts to provide Affordable Care Act Navigator services and operate the Classic Community Center, a 20,000 square foot space that serves three NYCHA complexes in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.

Ms. Torres first joined BronxWorks in 1995 as an Assistant to the Executive Director.  She was appointed Administrative Counsel shortly thereafter and named General Counsel in 2003.  Named Interim Executive Director in July 2013, she was also appointed Chief Operating Officer in January of this year.

The holder of a bachelor’s degree from Pace University and a juris doctor degree from the Northeastern University School of Law, Ms. Torres is a New York native of Puerto Rican ancestry.  She spent her formative years in northern Manhattan and the north central Bronx.

“I am honored to assume the BronxWorks Executive Director position,” said Ms. Torres.  “I will continue to create programs, policies, and practices that will enable us to lift lives and build futures for the most vulnerable of our borough’s residents.”

Ms. Torres succeeds Carolyn McLaughlin, who headed BronxWorks from 1979 to 2013.

Please watch this video and join us in welcoming Eileen to her new role...

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