International Women’s Day

NYC MEA honors the women of MEA and their leadership role in the City. On March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day and recognize the contributions of women all around the world. This year’s theme is #breakthebias.

Since the inception of International Women’s Day, tremendous progress has been made. Women have made contributions in the fields of science, medicine, the arts, politics, education, business, and serve in the military.

Additionally, we recognize the women of the MEA Team that works tirelessly to advance the mission of our organization and for the advancement of women in their careers and roles in leadership.

Alice Wong, Executive Director, MEA
Lisa Yee, Recording Secretary, Officer
Pam Ross, Director-At-Large, Officer

Congratulations for being recognized by your peers. And, for breaking barriers.

Connie Jacobs

Connie S. Jacobs
Finance Manager B
NYC School Construction Authority
City Service: 24 years

What is your favorite part about your role?
I am excited to be in a role that allows me to teach, coach, develop and mentor others.  To help them grow, learn and realize their potential, creating a pathway for career growth.

Eileen Dalton

Eileen Dalton
Chief of Recreation, Brooklyn
NYC Parks & Recreation
City Service: 29 years

What is your favorite part about your role?
The thing I love most about my job is getting to work with some of the most incredible staff in the city.  Throughout the pandemic they quickly pivoted from after school and basketball clinics to running Food Distribution sites and giving out masks. And now that we are approaching a new normal, they are back to creating the most innovative and creative recreational programming for all ages all over Brooklyn. It’s my honor and privilege to work each day with such dedicated and caring people to serve the city we all love.

Joslyn C. Carter

Joslyn C. Carter, LCSW
Agency Administrator
Department of Homeless Services
City Service: 20 years

What is your favorite part about your role?
As the Agency Administrator, there are opportunities to interact with many people, both on a macro and micro level. In one day, I could meet with one individual concerned about a unique issue, attend a meeting with individuals voicing concerns about impact of a policy change, and then lead a meeting with high level executives. The days start early and run long.  There is always something happening, another question that needs an immediate answer, another deadline to be met, and another goal to be reached. As the Agency Administrator, knowing that the work we do directly affects humans, and that we make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers every single day, my favorite part of the role is to support and applaud the staff that do the work daily. They are true heroes. 

Patricia Feeney

Patricia Feeney
Deputy Commissioner, Quality Assurance & Integrity
NYC Department of Correction
City Service: 32

What is your favorite part about your role?
I work with the most wonderful group of professionals from the line staff through the Commissioner and Chief of Department. The men and women with whom I serve are hard-working, dedicated individuals who strive to do the right thing day after day in a very difficult environment. I enjoy training and mentoring our staff to build their skill sets to improve the performance of their duties. DOC staff are the unsung heroes in law enforcement. Our staff strives to be mentors, teachers, and role models who help those who are less fortunate than most of us. I also truly enjoy creating abatement plans and watching the agency make strides towards self-improvement. Importantly, this happens by building up your staff – by serving as a role model and teaching staff better ways to do things through positive reinforcement and mentoring.