Liliana Velez is the Chief of Staff at Urban Resource Institute. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the President & Chief Executive Officer as an advisor and lead project manager. Prior to joining URI, Mrs. Velez spent more than ten years in leadership positions, most recently at Safe Horizon and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. Mrs. Velez has extensive experience with budget management, advocacy, grant development, program design, service delivery, quality control, relationship management, team building, staff development, and community outreach. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology with concentrations in Law and Society, Business and Organization, and Inequality from the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University where she graduated Cum Laude.