|Buery '97 Law (Children's Aid Society photo)|
New Rochelle resident Richard Buery ' 97 Law was appointed to Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives in New York Feb. 4, as Mayor Bill de Blasio finishes up filling major posts in his new administration. De Blasio created the position to focus on specific social programs the mayor spoke often about during his campaign. It will permit Buery to lead initiatives related to children and families, capitalizing on Buery's experience in the area.
Buery and de Blasio met each other when the two visited Israel on a trip organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
Buery has been the President and CEO of the Children's Aid Society the past four years. After Yale Law School, Buery decided to devote his career to social services after initial stints as a law clerk for a federal judge and a staff attorney for the Brennan Center for Justice. While in school (at Harvard as an undergraduate and at Yale in law school), Buery started the Mission Hill Summer Program, a program for children in Boston. After Yale, he also helped found iMentor and Groundwork, non-profit organizations that help families in public housing in New York and that link New York students with professional mentors.
"Richard is a powerful advocate who knows what it takes to lift up working families," De Blasio said at the time of the appointment. "He gets the big picture and will make sure agencies are working together to achieve our biggest priorities."
Buery told the Yale Law School last year, "I knew I did not want to be a lawyer (even while in the Law School at Yale). But I did not have a career plan other than to continue a commitment to social justice." The Children's Aid Society, founded in 1853, provides social services to children of low-income families in New York City and Westchester County.
"We are going to elevate and reform the way New York supports families," Buery said at the press conference announcing his appointment.