Dee Dee Mozeleski is CASE Professional of the Year and Crain’s Notable

Dee Dee Mozeleski, vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Communications, executive director of the Foundation for City College and senior advisor to the president, is a CASE District II Professional of the Year and a Crain’s New York Business 2021 Notable in Nonprofits and Philanthropy

The Professional of the Year award recognizes a District II institutional advancement professional who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in the development of an institutional advancement program or innovative execution of programs within an area of advancement; contributed to the profession through work with CASE; and volunteered in service to the community or charitable organizations. The Crain’s list of Notables in Nonprofits and Philanthropy is a celebration of 57 New York heroes who facilitated or led nonprofit work in the face of the pandemic. All of the honorees who made the list were chosen for their effort to help New Yorkers ride out the upheaval wrought by Covid-19.

“Dee Dee’s outstanding talent, the thing that makes her so effective, is that she fully connects every aspect of her work to CCNY’s great social and cultural mission,” said CCNY President Vincent Boudreau. “When she’s working with a donor, or a colleague, or a staff member, she helps them see the link between whatever they’re doing and our founding mission: making the world more democratic and just. This is truly important work, work she undertakes with real joy, and I’m so pleased to see her efforts so deservingly recognized.”

Mozeleski has spent almost thirty years working in service to public higher education institutions, cultural programs, international agencies and government organizations. At City College, she is a member of the college's senior leadership team, the president's cabinet and serves on a variety of special committees, including the Task Force for the Future of City College. 

Her responsibilities include philanthropic management of the Foundation for City College, stewarding and expanding the College's public profile, workforce development activities, community engagement projects and management of campus emergency needs programs including Benny's Food Pantry—which was made available for all CUNY staff and students during the pandemic—the Urban Gardens at CCNY, and a portfolio of emergency support programs to expand opportunities for students.

She is credited with merging two formerly independent organizations into one unified foundation, which helped enhance the public image of CCNY as an engine of upward financial and social mobility, and she oversees a $290 million endowment and to combat student hunger at CCNY.

Having worked with some of the largest non-profit organizations in New York City and around the world, with a focus on North America, the Middle East, and Africa, she has focused her career working as a public servant in support of causes that impact communities on a global scale. 

A graduate of San Diego State University, Mozeleski currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and as an advisor to the College's Outdoor Initiative and Hockey Club. She also served as a board member of Women in Development, New York City, and Seeds of Africa Foundation, where she also worked to build a K-12 school in Adama, Ethiopia.

The CASE District II Professional of the Year Virtual Awards Celebration and Ceremony takes place on April 15 from 4:30-6 p.m. To register for the event, please click here.

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