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NEW YORK, NY (January 6, 2021) — Urban Resource Institute (URI), the nation’s largest provider of domestic violence shelter services and a leading homeless shelter provider in New York City, has named two new senior staff members to their Office of General Counsel: Nicolaine (Nicole) Lazarre as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, and Deepal S. Chadha as Deputy General Counsel. The notable new hires in the legal department reflect URI’s strategic vision of growth for the organization.

“URI is building on its programmatic areas, facilities, and assets as we continue to innovate and provide the highest quality service to our clients,” said Nathaniel Fields, Chief Executive Officer of URI. “We are pleased to welcome Nicole Lazarre and Deepal Chadha to our team, where their extensive experience will provide enhanced legal capacity to support this dynamic organizational growth.”

Reporting to Fields and serving as an integral member of the Executive Team, Lazarre will be URI’s chief legal advisor, responsible for overseeing legal affairs including corporate transactions, policy initiatives, and real estate projects, as well as advising on corporate governance, finance, risk management, legislative and regulatory issues, and compliance.

Most recently Lazarre was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the National Urban League, a nonpartisan civil rights organization that advocates for economic and social justice, and against racial discrimination. Previously she served as a corporate attorney for international firms Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Sidley Austin LLP. Lazarre is also the founder of the Women and Civil Rights Dinner, a convening of senior female executives in business, law, and finance, and is an associate adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.

Deepal Chadha reports to Nicole in his new role as Deputy General Counsel, and will be a member of the Senior Team. He advises on matters of contracts, procurement, finance, policies and procedures, and labor relations and employment. He will also provide counsel to senior management and staff on legal issues relating to programs, including legislative and regulatory issues affecting the organization’s delivery of services.

Chadha was most recently Assistant General Counsel of Safe Horizon, Inc., where he served as Co-Chair of both the Policy Subcommittee of the Anti-Racism Steering Committee and the Persons of Color Leadership Affinity Group. Before joining Safe Horizon, he was an Associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and served as an extern with Hon. Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.

About Urban Resource Institute (URI)
Urban Resource Institute (URI) is a leading non-profit organization based in New York City that empowers individuals, families, communities, particularly communities of color and other vulnerable populations, to end cycles of violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma by increasing safety and resiliency. As the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the country, URI’s innovative programs provide care for survivors of domestic violence, homeless families, and other at-risk populations, allowing them to live in safety and recover from trauma in both residential and non-residential settings. Focused on a holistic approach, encompassing prevention, intervention and direct services, and with deep community relationships and a flexible, innovative approach to program development and service delivery, URI is uniquely equipped to provide solutions to the challenges affecting New York City’s most vulnerable populations while influencing service delivery in other parts of the U.S. and the world. For more information, please visit www.urinyc.org.


Media Contact: Alison Berg
(212) 784-5707

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