Founding Executive Director
NYC Kids RISE
Debra-Ellen Glickstein currently serves as the Founding Executive Director of NYC Kids RISE where she is leading the effort to build a first of its kind universal community-driven wealth building platform for New York City. Previously, Debra-Ellen served as the Executive Director of NYC’s Office of Financial Empowerment, the first municipal office in the country focused on creating innovative financial products, programs, and services to enable asset building and wealth creation for low-income New Yorkers and neighborhoods. She has served as the Vice President of Strategy & Program Development at the NYC Housing Authority, where she led efforts to create and implement NYCHA’s neighborhood and partnership-based resident services strategy. She is a co-founder and served as the founding Executive Director of Urban Upbound, a non-profit organization that supports public housing residents to achieve economic success through college counseling, financial planning, career training and job placement assistance. She is also a co-founder of the Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union – a community-owned financial institution created to provide public housing residents in Western Queens with access to affordable and relevant financial services.
She earned a B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University, an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business and M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Named a “40 Under 40 Rising Star” in NYC government and politics by City & State, Debra-Ellen is a proud City Year alumnus and recipient of the Comcast Alumni Leadership Award – City’s Year highest alumni honor. Debra-Ellen is a Sterling Network Fellow, a 2016 BALLE Local Economy Fellow and the recipient of other honors, including the New York Mets & Fidelity Investments’ Inspire the Future Award, Outstanding Community Contribution Award from the Long Island City YMCA, Outstanding Contribution to Woodside Houses, Outstanding Community Service Award to Queensbridge Houses, and selection as a Resident at the Harvard Innovation Lab, an Investors’ Circle Venture Fellow and United Way Junior Fellow.