A Big Deal: Bloomberg Names City’s Chief Service Officer

Posted by Zach Maurin on June 10, 2009

As part of New York City’s innovative and pioneering  NYC Service initiative, Mayor Bloomberg has announced his Chief Service Officer, reports the The New York Sun.

Diahann Billings-Burford will lead the new effort that is a new model for how cities can bolster community and national service to address key needs and strengthen communities.

WNYC(tm) Servicehile this is only the appointment of one person, it’s a big deal.  It signifies the ongoing shift of making service a priority at all levels in our country.  Bloomberg has long been a service champion and is now creating a model that other cities can watch, learn from, and replicate.  Making the leader of service a high level position (as New York and California have done at the state level by making the service leader a cabinet level position) helps service efforts to be better coordinated and therefore more effective, while also getting more people involved with a raised profile for getting involved in community work.

More about NYC Service here.  You can find opportunities to volunteer and learn more.  Not in NY?  Get your major to follow Bloomberg’s lead.

Read the full article here.


10 Responses to “A Big Deal: Bloomberg Names City’s Chief Service Officer”

  1. Rachel said

    Thanks for posting the full article link-I always enjoy reading about any news that highlights the progress of volunteerism, especially in NYC. In addition to, people looking to volunteer in the city should check out They offer extensive opportunities and many are one-time activities, which makes it easy to give back for those of us who can’t give up our day jobs.

    • zachmaurin said

      Rachel — Thanks for highlighting as well! Please feel free to write me with any great stories from your service work in New York…we’re always looking for great stories to highlight on our blog so that others can learn about opportunities and get inspired.

  2. zachmaurin said

    Thanks, Rachel! Would you like me to add your blog to our blogroll?

  3. Rachel said

    Sorry to keep posting here, but i dont know how to get your email address.. Do you want me to add Servenext or Blognext? Your choice!

    • zachmaurin said

      No problem! would be great, thanks!

      And I’m at zach at for any future communication (but the blog is fine too).

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