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Urban Resource Institute Appoints Lydia Wong as Deputy General Counsel

NEW YORK, NY (December 21, 2023) – Urban Resource Institute (URI), the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the U.S. and a leading provider of shelter and services for homeless families, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lydia Wong as its new Deputy General Counsel. In her role, Wong will report directly to Heidi Hamilton, URI General Counsel, and will serve as a key member of URI’s Senior Team. With a comprehensive portfolio of trauma-informed prevention, intervention, and education programs reaching thousands annually, URI is at the forefront of addressing the critical needs of domestic violence survivors and homeless families across New York City.


“We are delighted to welcome Lydia to the Urban Resource Institute. With her extensive legal background and commitment to social justice, we are confident that Lydia will play a crucial role in advancing our mission to empower survivors and build a safer, more resilient community,” said Hamilton.

Wong brings a wealth of experience and expertise to URI. Since 2014, Wong provided strategic legal counsel to New York non-profits and mission driven businesses as an associate with a boutique law firm. Additionally, Wong has contributed to legal education as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice at Seton Hall Law School. Her diverse professional journey includes serving as in-house counsel at esteemed organizations such as Nonprofit Finance Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation and the United States Golf Association (USGA). Wong began her career as a corporate associate at Davis, Polk & Wardwell.

 Wong will advise on legal matters pertaining to contracts, procurement, finance, corporate governance, policies and procedures, and employment. She will also offer counsel to senior management and staff on legal issues related to programs, ensuring compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting the organization’s service delivery. Wong will also develop policies and procedures to strengthen the company’s infrastructure, collaborating with Governmental Affairs to navigate legislative and regulatory landscapes, managing work plans, providing legal direction, and supervising professional and administrative staff.  “I am honored to be part of an organization with such a profound impact on the lives of domestic violence survivors and homeless families. I look forward to contributing my skills and knowledge to support URI’s continued success in providing essential services and advocating for positive change,” shared Wong Wong holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.  About Urban Resource Institute:

Urban Resource Institute (URI) transforms the lives of domestic violence survivors and homeless families by empowering individuals, families, and communities, particularly communities of color and other vulnerable populations, to end cycles of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma by increasing safety and resiliency. As the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the US and a leading provider of homeless services, URI’s programs impact more than 40,000 individuals annually through prevention, intervention, education, and direct services in both residential and non-residential settings in New York. URI is recognized as a thought-leader with influence across the U.S. and beyond. For more information, visit www.urinyc.org or follow on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter.

If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, call NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.


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