- Senior Director, Hudson Valley Programs
Debbie Anderson, LMSW has Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University with over 25 years’ experience. She has many other training certificates including The Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leaders Executive Education program. She joined CHI in February 2000 to oversee CHI’s homeless and prevention programs and assists in the development of new initiatives in the Lower Hudson Valley. In 17 years, she added 203 units of emergency and supportive housing and 35 staff members to CHI with expanded programming from Westchester into Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties.
Prior to coming to CHI, Ms. Anderson spent eight years providing services to those who were homeless, had HIV/AIDS, and/or mental health needs in New York City. Her social services career began at a counseling center and crisis hotline for the community and student population. She interned as a school social worker in Harlem and as the Manhattan Welfare Advocacy Network Coordinator. She worked in AIDS-specific programs in the South Bronx and then the Assistant Director of a 40-unit scattered site housing program for PWA’s (Persons with AIDS) in East Harlem.
In 1996, Ms. Anderson shifted her employment to mental health and senior services to direct an 89-room supportive SRO in Midtown Manhattan for formally homeless and/or mentally ill people over the age of 55. She became a Field Instructor for M.S.W. students and participated in academic coalitions to enhance geriatric curriculums and internships for student social workers. She has also participated in several managed care, Medicaid and special needs plans (SNPs) for HIV, mental health, and aging Advisory Boards.
Ms. Anderson has been an active member of the Supportive Housing Network of New York since 1994, and the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Work since 1991. She chaired the NASW HIV/AIDS Committee from 1994-7. In this capacity, she contributed to the publication of social work practice standards, hosted and presented at several conferences, participated in professional development, and facilitated the support and recognition of innovative social workers in the AIDS field by hosting the Diego Lopez AIDS Service Awards in 1993, 1995 and 1997. In 1996, she was elected by the NASW NYC Chapter to the Leadership and Nominations Committee which she chaired in 1997 through 1998.