Center for New York City Affairs Names New Director, Kristin Morse 

The Center for New York City Affairs, an applied policy institute housed within The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, announced today that Kristin Morse has joined the Center as Director. Kristin brings a wealth of experience in policy research and development, having spent most of the last decade leading New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), the first publicly-supported urban municipal incubator of cutting edge anti-poverty initiatives.  Kristin brings a twenty-year commitment to education and poverty reduction to the Center, and will reinforce core Center strengths in these areas while helping it branch out into new areas, such as criminal justice reform and workforce development. 

“Kristin possesses a deep grasp of the Center’s policy agenda, and offered exciting ideas for tapping our faculty to extend the breadth and depth of Center research,” said Michelle DePass, Milano School Dean. “She is an innovative thinker, a skilled manager, and an effective fundraiser; her connections in city political, policy, and philanthropic circles will ensure the Center’s continued success on many levels. We are thrilled to gain someone of her caliber.”

At the CEO, a policy incubator created to develop and test innovative anti-poverty strategies, Kristin managed a $100 million budget and partnered with top policymakers on program implementation. Kristin has also served in leadership positions at the Urban Institute, Partnership for New York City, Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council, and the Coalition for the Homeless. 

“Kristin is impressively fluent on the issues that are central to our mission,” said outgoing Interim Director Clara Hemphill, who will now resume leadership of the acclaimed Insideschools website.

An alumna of Milano’s Urban Policy graduate program, Kristin said she was excited to return. “The Center is New York's go-to place for ideas, policy analysis and engaging, important information. Whether helping parents choose a school for their child or improving the well-being of families in shelter, the Center makes a difference. I’m honored to support and expand its work.” 

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