Dr. Elisa English

Chief Program Officer

Dr. English brings career-long achievements in social services that mark her as an expert in program development, launch, and continued management to the role of Chief Program Officer at Counseling In Schools.

Dr. English has served with distinction in multiple roles throughout her illustrious career where she has been a strong advocate for trauma informed and person-centered-care. Dr. English has held positions as the Behavioral Health Director at a large nationally recognized social services organization serving adults  and young adults diagnosed with severe mental illness, chronic homelessness, co-occurring disorders, and co-morbidity;  the Senior Director of Programs at a mid-size harm reduction, OASAS licensed, and HIV education organization; a Mental Health Services / Clinical Supervision Consultant with the largest OMH licensed article 31 mental health clinic in NY; the Executive Director of External Relations and Government Affairs, and the Acting Chief of Staff at the Administration for Children’s Services; an Adjunct and Associate Professor at Boricua College and CUNY Hostos; and as a Trainer, Facilitator, and Educator for Every Person Influences Children (EPIC).

She has received numerous Awards/Recognitions, including: Citation, Borough President Eric Adams; Certificate of Recognition ,NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton;  Certificate of Merit,  Senator Martin Golden; Certificate of  Recognition, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotaki; Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition,  Congressman Daniel M. Donovan;  Shirley Chisholm Women of Excellence Award; Certificate  of Merit, Assemblyman Peter Abbate Jr.; Certificate of Recognition, NYS Senator Malcolm Smith; Certificate of Recognition, NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams; Certificate of Recognition Senator Kevin Parker; Brooklyn Power Woman in Business Award;  Phenomenal Woman Award, and the Mayor’s Merit Award for Outstanding Job Performance.

Dr. English describes her bravest accomplishment as teen motherhood. She raised her son against all odds and overcame unspeakable trauma from witnessing the violent and senseless robbery and murder of his father. Dr. English is a known youth and anti-violence advocate, and mentor to young woman. Additionally, she served as the national spokeswoman for Peacekeepers–an anti-violence organization supported in part by music mogul Russell Simmons–who describes her as an “Angel and work phenomenal”.

Dr. English attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at SUNY Purchase, her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Social Policy while studying at Yeshiva University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R).

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