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NEW YORK (March 8, 2021) – Urban Resource Institute (URI), the nation’s largest provider of domestic violence shelter services and a leading provider of homeless shelter in New York City, today announced Anthony B. Edwards joins the organization as Chief Financial Officer. In this leadership role, Edwards is responsible for the overall financial management of the nonprofit and its assets to promote the continued financial health of the dynamic and growing organization.

“As URI continues to increase in size, scope, and impact, it is essential that we continue to have strong operational infrastructure to support that growth from the inside out,” said Nathaniel Fields, Chief Executive Officer of URI. “Anthony Edwards brings significant nonprofit financial expertise and a passion for social services to the CFO position, and we are proud to welcome him to our executive team. He will report to Deputy CEO Dr. Carla Smith, serving as a close associate in Dr. Smith’s responsibility for URI operations and administration.”

Edwards will oversee the financial management of URI, including developing and implementing strategies to drive continued financial health of the organization, as well as assisting in the management of organizational risk by monitoring financial controls, safeguarding against loss, and certifying compliance with relevant principles. Edwards will supervise the URI Finance and Accounting Division.

An experienced senior finance executive, Edwards brings with him over 25 years of industry experience strengthening and building the financial processes and performance of nonprofits with mission areas that echo the work of URI. He most recently served as CFO and Senior Vice President for Sheltering Arms, a 190-year-old nonprofit providing services for children, youth and families. Previously he served as CFO of the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service for over 10 years, where he acted as a trusted advisor to the board and its Executive Directors and Director of Research Administration and Operations at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where he played a pivotal role in improving research administration and grant management.  Previous professional experience included roles with 1199/Employment Training and Job Security Program and Beth Israel Medical Center. 

Edwards received his MBA from Dowling College and a BS in Accounting from Brooklyn College. He is also certified by the Global Academy of Finance & Management (GAFM) as an Accredited Financial Analyst, Accredited Management Accountant, and Master Financial Planner; and by the American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM) for Corporate Finance and as a Master Financial Manager.

Edwards replaces Donovan Murray, who retired from URI after several decades leading the financial and accounting division of the organization.

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 domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma by increasing safety and resiliency. URI’s innovative programs serve individuals and families impacted by domestic violence and homeless families, allowing them to live in safety and recover from trauma in both residential and non-residential settings. Founded in 1980, URI is the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the U.S., and is focused on a holistic approach, encompassing prevention and intervention as well as direct services. 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 vulnerable populations in the New York City area while influencing service delivery across the U.S. and the world. For more information, please visit www.urinyc.org.