Say Hello to the Employee Engagement Committee
by Ava-Gay Blagrove, City Planner, Capital Planning

Employee engagement is not measured by how happy or satisfied you are with your job. It is the emotional and functional commitment employees make to their employer and its goals. Ask yourself these questions: Do I have a clear understanding of how NYCHA fulfills its mission and how my work contributes to its success? Do I take pride in my work by going the extra mile? Do I feel loyal to NYCHA and promote our successes publicly? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then you are among an exceptional group of American workers (30 percent) who describe themselves as “engaged.”

NYCHA’s efforts to become a more efficient and effective landlord depend on the commitment of all employees to our goals. With this in mind, Yvette Andino, Director for Employee Engagement and Special Assistant to the Chair, established NYCHA’s first Employee Engagement Committee (EEC). Eighty employees applied to be members; 21 employees representing a cross section of departments and roles were selected.

On May 3, Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye met with the group at its first meeting, explaining that the EEC is critical to: increase employees’ awareness and understanding of NextGen NYCHA; identify how NextGen NYCHA impacts staff operations and responsibilities and promotes a culture of inclusiveness; and strengthen relationships between NYCHA staff across departments, levels, and titles. After opening remarks, introductions and ice breakers, EEC members jumped right in, outlining common goals and discussing the importance of core values.

This year, EEC members will partner with NYCHA leadership to create and support a cohesive, collaborative organization. Founding members are tasked with establishing a solid foundation and structure for future EEC members to build on. Through monthly meetings and strategic initiatives, the EEC will seek to:

  • Help employees be more productive and creative in their work; • Enhance professional development among its members;
  • Assist NYCHA in achieving its strategic goals and initiatives; and
  • Serve as ambassadors for NextGen NYCHA.

NextGen NYCHA aims to meet the urgent housing needs of one in every 14 New York City residents through a more efficient and effective organization. The EEC will cultivate an organizational culture to achieve this goal.

Stay tuned for more information about how you can support the work of the EEC and our NextGen NYCHA mission.

Meet the New Employee Engagement Committee

Orlando Arroyo
Orlando Arroyo
Supervising Groundskeeper
Stapleton Houses

Gwendolyn Bell
Gwendolyn Bell
Superintendent
Cypress Hills Houses

Ava-Gay Blagrove
Ava-Gay Blagrove
City Planner
Capital Planning

Zulenmi Castillo-Martinez
Zulenmi Castillo-Martinez
Program Manager
 Safety and Security

Stanley Davis
Stanley Davis
Superintendent
Tompkins Houses

Lisa DeSheers
Lisa DeSheers
Superintendent
HR Training Center

Verna Ferguson
Verna Ferguson
Admin. Housing Superintendent
Emergency Services

Yolanda Johnson Peterkin
Yolanda Johnson Peterkin
Chief
Family Services

Bianca Jones
Bianca Jones
Housing Assistant
Taft Houses

George Jones
George Jones
Housing Assistant
East 28th St.

Shavelle Knox
Shavelle Knox
Caretaker
LaGuardia Houses
James Ortiz
James Ortiz
Community Coordinator
Resident Engagement

 

Lesha Pair
Lesha Pair
Housing Asst.
Betances Houses

 

Bridget Price
Bridget Price
Heating Plant Tech.
Boulevard Houses

 

Melissa Renwick
Melissa Renwick
Attorney Level III
Law Dept.

 

John Rubbo
John Rubbo
Housing Assistant
East 28th St.

 

Jenise Santana
Jenise Santana
Housing Assistant
Bx. Prop. Mgmt.

 

Robin Singletary
Robin Singletary
Property Manager
Customer Contact Center

 

Claudia Tejeda
Claudia Tejeda
Asbestos Handler
Technical Services

 

Elena Tenchikova
Elena Tenchikova
Project Manager
Management Svs.

 

Jaritza Vasquez
Jaritza Vasquez
Secretary IIIA
Tompkins Houses

 

Administration Sophie Dover (left), Analyst, Office of the EVP for External Affairs, and Yvette Andino (right), Dir. of Employee Engagement & Special Assist. to the Chair
Administration
Sophie Dover (left), Analyst, Office of the EVP for External Affairs, and Yvette Andino (right), Dir. of Employee Engagement & Special Assist. to the Chair

 

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