October 2016 Newsletter: We’ve moved | Taskforce facilitation | Measuring outcomes to increase impact

We’re a new tenant:

The season has changed and so has our office location. Please update your contact records with our mailing address below (and, let’s get together if you’re in the neighborhood):

Public Works Partners
99 Madison Avenue, Suite 403
New York, NY 10016

We also facilitate efforts to prevent tenant harassment:

With support from the Neighborhood First Fund, we are helping the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development and the New York City Council explore strategies to prevent tenant harassment, including a citywide expansion of the City’s Certificate of No Harassment (CONH) program. We are facilitating a series of dynamic working sessions of the Tenant Harassment Prevention/CONH Working Group – made up of several city council members and housing policy experts from tenant advocacy groups, the real estate industry, city agencies, and research organizations – to leverage the group’s diverse perspectives to prioritize actionable opportunities to reduce tenant harassment now and in the future through policy, process and regulation

And, we help clients use data to measure impact, refine service delivery, and tell their story:

Celeste Frye was recently interviewed on our work helping Capital Change Fund grantees develop performance metrics that better analyze outcomes. She shares how shifting the focus towards the impact on the participants can ensure program success and improved outcomes for the members of their communities.

Then sometimes, we take a break to gather with colleagues:

We were pleased to celebrate with colleagues old and new at the Workforce Professionals Training Institute’s Annual Fall Benefit. WPTI is a longtime partner of Public Works’, and has trained more than 8,000 practitioners from over 800 agencies, helping professionals develop innovative practices to address pressing challenges. We extend our congratulations to the night’s honorees – Dale Grant, Executive Chair of Grant Associates; Randy Peers, CEO of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow; and John Mogulescu, Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs at CUNY and Dean at the CUNY School of Professional Studies – for their substantial contributions to the field.

Celeste Frye with WPTI Executive Director Sharon Sewell-Fairmanand CUNY Dean John Mogulescu at the event.
Photo credit: Michael Cho and WPTI.

Managing Performance-Based Contracts Training: June 9, 2015

Public Works Partners and Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) are offering an exciting training opportunity for managers of workforce development programs:

Performance-Based Contracts 301:
What it Takes to Exceed Outcomes and Lead Your Organization to Success

June 9, 2015 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Register Here

(This training course was previously offered in February 2014 and September 2014.)

Topics Include:

  • The ins and outs of performance metrics and payment points;
  • Ways to help your staff internalize success in a performance-based environment;
  • Performance reports to create a data-driven culture in your program; and
  • Strategies for maximizing performance and revenue for your program and success for your funder.

Who Should Attend:

  • Organization Executives
  • Program Directors
  • Data/Reporting Coordinators
  • Development Professionals

Visit the WPTI website for more information and to register for the courseSpace is limited, so sign up today!

2015 Policy Forum: Public Works Partners, WPTI and NYCETC Create Conversations


Public Works Partners was proud to sponsor and help organize the 2015 Workforce Development Policy Forum, along with partners Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI) and the NYC Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC) on Friday, February 6, at Hostos Community College. The Forum convened leaders from workforce providers, business stakeholders, educational institutions, and the public sector to collaborate on potential directions for the NYC workforce system. The Forum was organized around the City’s Career Pathways report, which we helped to develop, with the emphasis on opportunities for workforce providers and other stakeholders to chart their course for new and improved programming that aligns to the City’s new policy directions.


There were productive conversations all day, from the presentation by the NYC Workforce Investment Board Director Sherazade Langlade, the keynote speech from Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, to an afternoon of leadership discussion and workshops.  Principal Celeste Frye and Senior Manager Allison Quigney worked with WPTI to facilitate the Leadership Lunch, a dynamic conversation about key themes from Career Pathways and how it will impact organizations.  In that session, Paul Ortega, Director of Training and Development for Swiss Post Solutions, a key employer partner, challenges workforce leaders to market and brand workforce development to appeal to business customers.  Principal Scott Zucker organized and facilitated a workshop on career pathways with a dynamic panel of experts from CUNY and the nonprofit sector. Details of the learning from those sessions to come in subsequent posts – stay tuned.

Contact Us

Mailing Address
99 Madison Avenue
Suite 403
New York, NY 10016
(347) 619-2892