Stephen Fisher, Recording Secretary

MEA welcomes the newly appointed Recording Secretary to the MEA Executive Board.

Stephen retired from the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) in August 2018 with over 33 years of public service working in City and State government, health care administration and college teaching.

Stephen started in NYC government in September 1972 as a college intern with the NYC Board of Correction through an Urban Corps work study grant assignment.  This led to an unexpected interest in working for government. He was hired full time by the NYC Board of Correction upon graduation from college.  From 1976 – 1978, he worked at the NYS Commission of Correction.

Stephen’s correction and criminal justice experience provided an opportunity to teach full time as an Instructor in Criminal Justice and Sociology at Somerset County College in NJ.  He also taught part time at St. Joseph’s College and Mercy College.

In 1981, Stephen went to work at the newly created NYC Department of Juvenile Justice starting first as a consultant writing operational procedures and then hired full time.  He left the agency in 1984, moved to the west coast and worked at Blue Cross of California.

Stephen joined the Human Resources Administration in 1986 as a Budget Analyst and quickly moved up within the Agency.  From 1989 through 1995, he was the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for the Division of AIDS Services.  In this senior level position, he oversaw the rapid growth and expansion of the program at the height of the AIDS crisis.

Stephen’s career took a new direction in 1996 -health care and hospital administration.  He worked first at Bellevue Hospital and then St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in Ambulatory Care administration and outpatient clinics.

Missing the excitement of working in government, Stephen returned to HRA in 2007.  In 2010, he was appointed as Assistant Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Procedures within the Office of Policy, Procedures and Training.  He was responsible for the development of procedures affecting operations in Cash Assistance, Employment Services, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and overall Agency policies.

Stephen has a B.A. in Sociology (Pace University,1973) and a M.A. Sociology (New York University, 1976).