GBM September 16, 2008: Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott
The Executive Leadership Forum allows former leaders of The National Urban League to dialogue with the members and supporters of the New York Urban Young Professionals to discuss the importance of developing leadership roles within the National Urban League and to build upon the legacy of the movement by becoming leaders in the larger society.
On September 16, 2008, the inaugural speaker for the series was the Honorable Deputy Mayor of Education and Community Development Dennis Walcott. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Mr. Walcott as deputy mayor in January 2002. As deputy mayor, Mr. Walcott played a key role in gaining mayoral control of the New York City public school system for the first time in more than thirty years and has served as a chief advisor in the mayor’s education reform initiatives, known as Children First. In addition to the Department of Education, under the deputy mayor’s purview are the Department of Youth and Community Development, New York City Housing Authority, Health and Hospitals Corporation, City University of New York, and the Mayor’s Office of Health Insurance.
Prior to working at City Hall, Mr. Walcott was the president and chief executive officer of the New York Urban League. For more than twelve years at the NYUL, Mr. Walcott deeply enhanced its programs and launched countless innovative services to meet the needs of disadvantaged New Yorkers. Among his notable accomplishments at the League are two youth programs, Jeter’s Leaders and Bridge to Brotherhood. Mr. Walcott was the executive director of the Harlem Dowling Westside Center for five years prior to joining the New York Urban League.
A product of New York City public schools, Dennis graduated from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of education in 1973 and 1974, respectively. He later received a master of education in 1980. He and his wife, Denise, have four children Dejeanne, Dana, Shatisha and Timmy, and one grandchild, Justin. He currently lives in Cambria Heights, NY and has lived in Southeast Queens for most of his life.