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Friends of Crown Heights CEO Appointed to Mayoral Transition Team



December 6, 2021


Vaughan Toney, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centers, Inc., (FOCH), has been appointed a member of the Mayoral Transition Team that will advise Mayor-elect Eric Adams on education issues when he takes office on January 1. As mayor, Adams will lead the nation’s largest school system and members of the education panel will be expected to work well beyond his inauguration to delineate a comprehensive policy covering all aspects of education in the city. Other team members include an impressive array of career educators and advocates, current and former elected officials, and notable innovators from the business and non-profit sectors.

 “This unprecedented collection of great minds and hard-working New Yorkers will prepare my administration for success because they represent the many backgrounds and views of our great city, and they are committed to working together toward its bright future,” Adams said in a statement. “If we are going to tackle the many challenges in front of us as a city, the advocacy, nonprofit and business worlds must all be at the same table, working in collaboration--and that is exactly what this transition is doing.”

Toney has described his appointment to the Mayor’s Education Committee as “a once-in-a-lifetime privilege and opportunity to help shape the destiny of our city; I look forward to working collaboratively with this distinguished panel of experts in equipping all of our children with the tools they will need to successfully navigate a future of lifelong learning and accomplishment.”

Toney’s contribution to the work of the mayoral committee will be informed by more than three-and-a-half decades of related experience in public service, together with a lifelong commitment to child-care advocacy and high-quality, universal early childhood education. After several years on the staff of the New York State Education Committee under former Senator Leonard Stavisky, he traded Albany for City Hall, where he served as Chief-of-Staff to former New York City Council Members Dr. Una Clarke and Rev. Dr. Lloyd Henry. Under his subsequent leadership as President / CEO of The Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centers Inc., (FOCH), the organization has grown to become the premier not-for-profit provider of subsidized child care and Early Childhood Education in the City of New York. 

Vaughan Toney also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Day Care Council of New York - a membership organization of 93 sponsoring boards that operate more than 200 publicly-funded child-care centers and family child care programs in New York City.

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