Melissa Aase Becomes University Settlement’s Executive Director; Michael Zisser Now CEO
University Settlement has announced some changes in its management structure. Michael Zisser, executive director of one of the city’s oldest and largest social service organizations since 1988, becomes chief executive officer. Melissa Aase, a longtime University Settlement manager, has been elevated to the role of executive director. Aase began her career at the non-profit organization in 1992 as a student intern. She has been director of community development since 2003.
“The past few decades have been some of University Settlement’s most exciting,” said Zisser. “Our budget has grown by over 1000%, we’ve expanded to more than 550 staff and we now serve thousands more families at 21 sites throughout New York City… This new structure reflects the next step in our growth, and I can’t think of a stronger, more intelligent, passionate leader than Melissa Aase.”
With Michael and Melissa at the helm,” Board Chair Heather Goldman said, “this new structure ensures that University Settlement will continue its legacy as a change maker, transforming lives for years to come.”
“University Settlement’s strength has been its ability to evolve with our changing communities yet remain a strong, connected anchor,” said Aase. “I feel fortunate to have grown along with it, doing work that is deeply satisfying on every level… I am humbled and honored to be able to lead this good work alongside stellar colleagues, a terrific mentor, and in such vibrant communities.”