Services for the UnderServed Elevates Perry Perlmutter to President & CEO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, November 6, 2023
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Perlmutter’s Vision Will Include Expanding the Organization’s Supportive Housing Footprint, Community Food Security, and Working to Combat the Opioid Epidemic Across New York City
New York, NY — Services for the UnderServed (S:US) announced today that the Board of Directors has voted to elevate Perry Perlmutter to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. Perlmutter has served as the Interim President and CEO for Services for the UnderServed since April 2023 following his role as S:US’ Chief Financial Officer.
S:US serves more than 37,000 New Yorkers across the City and Long Island and provides a broad range of services, including supportive housing, services for people who have experienced homelessness, veterans, people with mental health and substance use challenges, and people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, as well as food security programming. As President and CEO, Perlmutter will focus on expanding S:US’ supportive housing network, its unmatched community food security program, and its initiative to treat and prevent opioid use.
“Over the last six months, Perry has shown an unwavering commitment to S:US’ mission and its staff in his interim role, and we are confident that his leadership and vision for the organization will help propel S:US into its next chapter of service to the most vulnerable New Yorkers,” said John A. McKesson, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Services for the UnderServed has a proud, 45-year history of providing homes, health care, and a sense of belonging to the people we serve. Perry is the right person to continue that tradition.”
In his role as Interim CEO, Perlmutter has overseen the expansion of several key initiatives across S:US. He has grown the organization’s food security programming and has facilitated the opening of new supportive housing developments in Brooklyn and the Bronx as well as the ongoing construction of the Starhill development in Morris Heights and the Alafia development in East New York. Perlmutter also oversaw the installation of New York’s first-ever public health vending machine, operated by S:US in partnership with New York City Department of Health.
“I believe in the strength of our team and the power of our mission, and I am excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead,” said Perlmutter. “New York is facing unprecedented and simultaneous housing, cost-of-living, and mental health crises. Services for the UnderServed is uniquely positioned to respond to these crises and provide stability and support to people who are most in need.”
During Perlmutter’s tenure as S:US’ Chief Financial Officer, he was responsible for overseeing the financial operations and strategy for an annual budget of over $250 million. He also played an integral part in securing funding and managing relationships with government agencies, banks, auditors, and donors.
Perlmutter brings a wealth of experience in finance and accounting from a 30-year career. Prior to joining S:US, he worked for Reliance Group Holdings, a diversified insurance company, for 18 years, where he held various senior positions in finance, treasury and risk management. He then became the CFO of FOJP Service Corp and Hospitals Insurance Company, a risk manager and insurer for health care and social service organizations in metropolitan New York City.
In 2023, Perlmutter was named to City & State’s Nonprofit Power 100 List. The list recognizes the most notable nonprofit leaders who are strengthening the safety net and serving the most vulnerable individuals in New York.
S:US envisions a city where everyone has a roof over their head, is healthy, productive, and can enjoy the social connections that create a life of purpose. S:US has a staff of 1,800 that provides $273 million in services. Their efforts are supported by various local, state, and federal government entities, foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Most importantly, S:US’ vision allows the organization to deliver the same quality of services to one individual or to thousands.