Donna M. Corrado, PhD
NYC Department for the Aging
Donna M. Corrado is the former Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA). In that role, to which she was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014, Commissioner Corrado advocated for the city’s 1.55 million older adults; that number is expected to reach 1.86 million by 2040.
Commissioner Corrado also developed new models of care while strengthening and modernizing traditional services provided directly by DFTA and through hundreds of community partners. She also led DFTA’s work on “Age-friendly NYC: New Commitments for a City for All Ages,” which includes nearly 90 initiatives that are designed to meet the needs of older adults as they age in place in their homes and communities to which they contributed while raising their families.
This important work builds on Commissioner Corrado’s decades of service in human services. Over the years, she has held key executive leadership roles with Catholic Charities and Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, and has helped New York’s most vulnerable in a one-on-one setting as a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. Commissioner Corrado is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, holds a doctorate and master’s degree in social welfare policy and administration and is the recipient of numerous honors and prestigious awards.