Susan L.Magazine, Executive Director
Susan L. Magazine joined New Yorkers For Children as Executive Director in February of 2003 and has successfully expanded the organization’s programming for youth in foster care. In June 2008, Ms. Magazine was instrumental in issuing NYFC’s first Request-for-Proposals, which provided over $800,000 in funding to foster care agencies, supportive programs, and community-based organizations serving young people in foster care. In 2006, she oversaw the founding of the Guardian Scholars program, aimed at providing academic, financial, and emotional support to youth in foster care enrolled at Hunter College. The program has since grown to include John Jay College and Kingsborough Community College. During Ms. Magazine’s tenure, New Yorkers For Children has also reached increased numbers of youth through its Back-to-School Package program, Network to Success panels, Educational and Vocational Conferences, and Wrap to Rap events.
A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Magazine has devoted most of her career to the issues of adoption, foster care and child and family welfare. Prior to 2003, she served as Assistant Commissioner for Family Assistance for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), where she developed and coordinated services for FDNY families who experienced loss in the line of duty on 9/11.
Ms. Magazine joined the New York City Administration for Children’s Services in 1997 first serving as Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development, working with at-risk communities on child welfare issues. In 1998 she was promoted to the Director of the Office of Interagency Affairs working with city agencies on child welfare, and finally as the Director of Policy and Planning for the Office of Youth Development, overseeing the policies for youth aging out of foster care.
In 1990, Ms. Magazine was appointed Chairperson of the Adoptive Parents Legislative Awareness Committee where she recruited and managed volunteers to lobby the New York State Legislature on adoption and related bills. Ms. Magazine was appointed as the Legislative Aide to the Chairman of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families, responsible for all legislation on adoption and foster care in 1992.
She holds a BS from Boston University and is a graduate of the New York City Leadership Institute’s Management Academy.