The New York Reentry Education Network (NYREN) is a group of leaders and organizations in New York City dedicated to increasing educational access and success for people with criminal justice backgrounds. NYREN includes community based organizations providing services to the reentry population, city and state government partners involved in adult literacy, education and corrections including the New York City Department of Education (DOE), New York City Department of Corrections (DOC), and New York City Department of Probation (DOP), and representatives from higher education institutions. The NYREN participants share information, mobilize around significant common issues, engage policy leaders in their work, and undertake collaborative projects. NYREN has recently produced its first publication “Strategies for Engaging Students Involved with the Criminal Justice System.” The guide provides profiles of a number of the community based organizations who are members of the network.
Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, NYC
Linda I. Gibbs is the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. As Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Gibbs oversees the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Human Resources Administration, Administration for Children’s Services, Department of Homeless Services, Department for the Aging, Health and Hospitals Corporation, Department of Correction, Department of Probation, Department of Juvenile Justice, Office of Health Insurance Access, and the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Mayor, Gibbs was the Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services. During the Giuliani Administration, Gibbs served as the Deputy Commissioner for Management and Planning for the Administration for Children’s Services. Since her graduation from SUNY Buffalo School of Law in 1985, Gibbs has served in various positions in New York City’s government. She has also served in the New York City Council as Special Advisor to the Director of the Finance Division and at the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget as Deputy Director for Social Services.