From City & State:
Stephanie Olcese once had ambitions of becoming a doctor or social services worker, but eventually she found politics to be the best route toward making systematic change.
“My family was not very political growing up and it was really a whole new world for me,” she says. “I did a lot of internships, from the CUNY Model Senate, to interning under Congressman Gregory Meeks and then Borough President Melinda Katz, all before graduating.”
After college, Olcese joined the staff of then-state Sen. Jose Peralta, where she first gained exposure to nonprofits, delivering constituent services and working directly with the community.
In 2017, she joined the New York City Council as a budget and legislative coordinator, a role in which she oversaw the allocation of $2 million in operating funds and $5 million in capital funding to nonprofit organizations and city agencies.
Olcese is particularly proud of her work with hundreds of nonprofits and engaging directly with communities during this stage of her career.
“I was one of the very few who spoke about why small-business services are important to communities, especially those in the Bronx, and we were able to increase funding in that specific initiative,” she says.
Now at The Parkside Group, Olcese spends her days making sure nonprofits are well equipped and their funding is secured as smoothly as possible.
“They’re all amazing and provide services to communities that need it the most,” she says, “so I really just want to make sure they’re set up for success.”
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