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Eric Brettschneider

Part-time Faculty
431 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Monday 2:30-3:30

B.A., Psychology, Colgate University, 1968
M.A., Psychology, New School for Social Research, 1971
J.D., Hofstra University, 1979

Eric Brettschneider is Acting Commissioner for the NYC Administration for Children's Services. A city and state social service official, Brettschneider created the Child Protective Training Academy, advocated for the avoidance of sibling separation in foster care, and was instrumental in starting minority-controlled child welfare agencies. He served as executive director of Agenda for Children Tomorrow for 18 years, and is the interim senior vice president at the United Way of New York City. His publications include contributions to Making a Leadership Change (1988) and the textbook Educ ation and Psychology (WMC Brown Company Publishers, 1977), as well as Bottom Up Planning in a Top Down World in Devolution (Fordham University Press, 2001).   He is a member of the New York State Governor's Children's Cabinet Advisory Committee; co-chair of the Citizen Review Panel for New York City; chair esperanza of the board of New Yorkers for Children; a trustee of the Viola Bernard Foundation; a trustee on the board of The Fostering Connection; a member of the Child Well-being advisory board of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and founding president of Jumpstart, New York. Brettschneider serves on the Chief Administrative Judge's Task Force on Interpreters in the Courts. He is the recipient of NYU's Outstanding Teaching Award, a Harvard Law School's Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship and the Outstanding Alumnus Award by Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane Law School Public Justice Foundation.  

Teaching and Research Interests

child welfare  community building  advocacy  the law and social welfare  parent involvement  and service integration 

Recent News


Eric Brettschneider is the recipient of the 2017 New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award for his life-long dedication to New York City's children. NYFC selects a recipient for the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award every year at the Fall Gala. Previous recipients include Mary J. Blige, Kevin Liles, Russell Simmons, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, Marian Wright Edelman, Hugh Jackman, Marcus Samuelsson and Maya Haile, Geoffrey Canada, and Laura Baudo Sillerman.


Eric Brettschneider