HWCLI Announces Selection of New President/CEO


April 10, 2017


Bob Detor
Health & Welfare Council of Long Island
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HWCLI Announces Selection of New President/CEO

Melville NY– Health and Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) today announced the appointment of Rebecca Sanin as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2017.

As President/CEO of HWCLI, Sanin will lead the 70-year old not-for-profit umbrella organization that addresses the interests of at-risk and vulnerable people on Long Island through advocacy, research and policy analysis, direct services, organizing community and regional responses, and support to non-profit agencies.

Sanin joins HWCLI from Suffolk County Government where she has served as Assistant Deputy County Executive since 2012.  Prior to her role in the county, Sanin was the Director of Alliances for Children at the Early Years Institute and the Education Director at Harbor Child Care and has served in a number of roles in the public and nonprofit sector, as well as working as an Adjunct Professor for colleges in our region.

Throughout her career, Sanin has  worked with a wide range of community-based organizations in health and human services, immigration and social justice providing leadership and expertise in advocacy, program development, training, strategic planning, marketing and awareness campaigns, and the development of policies and research.

“I wish Rebecca Sanin continued success as she embarks on her new position as President and CEO of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island,” said County Executive Steve Bellone.  “During Rebecca’s tenure with Suffolk County she has made immeasurable contributions to improving the lives of others in addition to working with a team of professionals focused on enhancing government efficiency.  She will serve as great leader of this organization.  I, along with the residents of Suffolk County, thank her for her service.”

Sanin has been a Co-Chair of the Huntington Station Action Coalition Civic Engagement Committee and an Advisory board member of Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans and a Board member for the Hispanic Counseling Center, a Business Advisory Council member at Molloy College and a Trustee at Evergreen Charter School.  She received a Leadership Award by Long Island Against Domestic Violence in 2016, a Leadership Award by Huntington’s Young Leaders program in 2013, was named Woman of the Year for Civics by the Huntington Times Newspaper in 2010 and received the Leadership Award for Development of  Nonprofit Diversity Programs by the NYS Enterprising and Professional Women’s Association in 2009.

Sanin brings excitement and commitment to her new position: “I am excited about the opportunity to return to the nonprofit sector and expand the work of HWCLI.   I would like to thank the Board for their trust as well as Gwen O’Shea for her decade of service to the most vulnerable families on Long Island. I look forward to working with HWCLI’s board, staff and member organizations to meet the needs of our communities and revitalize and cultivate a sense of public responsibility for policy priorities that directly impact families in our region.” 

HWCLI Chairman Bob Detor says, “The board of directors is thrilled to welcome Rebecca to HWCLI as the President/CEO. She is a talented and experienced professional who brings a personal commitment to advocacy, equity and partnering with communities, organizations and government.  She brings the knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to lead HWCLI and the board looks forward to working with Rebecca on responding to the needs of at-risk and vulnerable families and individuals  across Long Island.”