Michael Hickey currently serves as Director of Strategy and Partnerships for the NYC Office of Community Schools, leading efforts to support the schools and nonprofit partners of the largest Community Schools effort in the country. Prior to this, Mr. Hickey acted as an independent community development consultant serving nonprofit, foundation, public sector and private partners in project development, strategic planning, and organizational change. He led the creation of such hallmark events as the SUS and Bank of America Social Impact Investment Conference, and the start up of Civic Consulting USA: a nonprofit uniting high capacity pro bono resources from the private sector with high impact needs in government to help cities take on their toughest challenges.
From 2008 to 2011 he served as the founding executive director of the Center for NYC Neighborhoods (CNYCN): the nation’s single largest foreclosure prevention intermediary. Mr. Hickey led the formation of the organization and its network of nonprofit service providers, establishing best practices in homeownership preservation through innovative partnerships with banks, public officials, consumer advocates, regulators and other key stakeholders.
Before stepping up to lead CNYCN, Mr. Hickey spent ten years as a community development banker and philanthropic program manager with Deutsche Bank, providing loans and investments to leading nonprofit partners revitalizing low and moderate income communities throughout New York City and beyond. In this capacity, he helped build Deutsche Bank’s reputation as a corporate leader in areas as diverse as affordable housing, homeless housing, environmental sustainability, arts and economic development, and community organizing.
Mr. Hickey has also held many volunteer leadership positions in philanthropy, the arts and community reinvestment. He currently serves as Chairperson Resident Composer for Downtown Art, and as a board member for the Center for Urban Pedagogy. He was a founding board member of Sustainable South Bronx, has served on both boards for the affiliated Restored Homes and Neighborhood Restore. In addition, he has served as an adviser for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Community Affairs Committee, the Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts Working Group, Enterprise Community Partners, the PRI Makers Network, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the Neighborhood Opportunities Fund, and the New York City Workforce Development Funders Group, among others. He is a frequent conference speaker and moderator, active blogger, and Instagrammer.
Mr. Hickey has a B.A degree in English Literature from the Honors Tutorial College of Ohio University, and a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Ryan Gilliam, and is an active composer and musician writing rock and folk based musical theater.