Stephanie Pasquale

Stephanie Pasquale is the Director of Neighborhood Development with the Allyn Family Foundation. The Foundation, founded in 1954, strives to create and sustain a vibrant, equitable, and prosperous community, where an equity-based approach centers on People, Place, and Opportunity. In her role at the Foundation, Stephanie collaborates with government, nonprofit, community, and private partners to deliver on place-based housing and neighborhood redevelopment strategies that support inclusive, thriving neighborhoods. 

Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the recently formed Blueprint 15 nonprofit community quarterback, an organization charged with delivering on a bold vision for the holistic revitalization of the East Adams Street neighborhood following the Purpose Built Communities model.  From May 2020 – August 2021 she served as the interim CEO of the organization.  

Formerly, Stephanie served as the Commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the city of Syracuse and was responsible for oversight of the Department’s five divisions and 75-plus employees that carried out the delivery of a wide variety of community development activities, including the administration of over $10 million in federal, state, and local funding annually. 

Prior, Stephanie held several nonprofit affordable housing and community development finance positions at Home HeadQuarters, Worcester Community Housing Resources, and the United Way of Central New York.  Stephanie earned her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where she later served as an adjunct faculty member for more than 10 years.  She serves on the boards of Blueprint 15, the Good Life Youth Foundation, the Housing and Homeless Coalition of CNY, and the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency.  She has also served on several community boards, including Christopher Community Housing, Syracuse Northeast Community Center, the Onondaga Early Childhood Alliance, Planned Parenthood, Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, the HomeOwnership Center at Home HeadQuarters, and the Board of Christian Education at Plymouth Congregational Church.

Stephanie lives in Syracuse with her husband and two daughters and enjoys finding new ways to trick the family into doing fun things outdoors year-round.  

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