City of Albany Poverty Reduction Initiative

CAPRI Committees

A little about CAPRI

The CAPRI Committees are made up of local experts including individuals currently navigating poverty, advocates for local nonprofits and community organizations, representatives from local school districts, and local employers. The CAPRI Committees will work together to create a robust plan to target funds to link our most vulnerable workers, low income adults, and out of school youth with training, employment, and any other service needs identified by the community.

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Meet Pedro Perez

Pedro Perez

Pedro Perez is dedicated to the advancement of people of color and those living in poverty by ensuring diversity and inclusion are priorities for every organization and not-for-profit he works with.

Steering Committee

The CAPRI Steering Committee is made up of community stakeholders and experts who will provide guidance on key issues and develop the Request for Proposals (RFP).

Mayor Kathy Sheehan

Mayor of Albany, New York

Abbe Kovacik

Executive Director, Child Care Coordinating Council

Alice Green, Dr.

Executive Director, Center for Law and Justice

Andrew Matonak

Hudson Valley Community College

Annette Johnson, Dr.

Ph.D Adjunct Professor SUNY Albany

Barbara Smith

Chair of the Albany Equity Agenda Group

Carm Basile

President, CDTA

Courtney Burke

Senior Vice President, Albany Medical Center

Dan McCoy, Hon.

Albany County Executive

Dr. Lynn Warner

Interim Dean, U Albany School of Social Welfare

James Stellar

Interim President, SUNY University at Albany

John Eberle

President & CEO, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

John McDonald, Hon.

Assemblymember, 108th Assembly District

Jonathan Jones

Commissioner, City of Albany Department of Youth & Workforce Services

Kathy Leyden

Director of Medicaid Innovation, CDPHP

Ladan Alomar

Executive Director, Centro Civico

Laura Manning

Community Member

Laura Schweitzer, Dr.

SUNY Albany, Vice President, Health Sciences and Biomedical Initiatives

Mark Eagan

CEO, Capital Region Chamber of Commerce

McKinley Johnson, Rev.

President, Albany African American Clergy United for Empowerment

Michele Bridgewater

District Improvement Director, Albany City School District

Michele McClave

Commissioner, Albany County Dept. of Social Services

Patricia Fahy, Hon.

Assemblymember, 109th Assembly District

Sarah Reginelli

President, Capitalize Albany

Sergio Adams

Community Member

Steven Longo

Executive Director, Albany Housing Authority

Virginia Golden

CEO, St. Peter's Hospital

Advisory Committees

The Advisory Committees work to provide expert opinions to help inform the Steering Committee on  how to spend project funds, ensure the community is heard, and community needs are addressed  within the Request for Proposals (RFP) the Steering Committee will create. In order to achieve this end,  the following Advisory Committees have been created and working to identify both community need  and possible solutions that would have meaningful and sustainable change for those living in poverty in the City of Albany.

Youth Advisory Committee

Provides the unique experiences of Youth living in poverty and what jobs and/or careers youth are interested in pursuing.

Adult Advisory Committee

Offers an in depth look at what the day-to-day challenges families living in poverty face and what changes they would like to see in the City of Albany in order to help alleviate their struggle.

Workforce Development Advisory Committee

Works to identify work currently being done in the community and strengthen existing supports.

Employers Advisory Committee

Informs the Steering Committee on what employment opportunities exist in the community as well as industry-specific needs and curricula.

Support Services Advisory Committee

Identifies the Support Services available in the City of Albany, how best to coordinate services, and identify any service gaps that exist.

Policy Advisory Committee

Advises the Steering Committee on what policies currently exist that exacerbates the problems related to poverty and what policies are working towards alleviating poverty in the City of Albany.