Please join us in congratulating MPA alumna Kassiana Parris! Kassiana has been invited to participate in the prestigious Empire State Fellows leadership program, where she will be working with the New York State Department of Health, the Office of Health Equity and Human Rights and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

School for Public Affairs and Administration alums will remember Kassiana Parris for her involvement with the alumni network at MCNY, where she made significant contributions during her three years as President and through her representation of the College at ASPA conferences. Her participation on student and alumni panels during the pandemic showed the audience how accomplished Kassiana is as a leader in the non-profit sector.

About Kassiana Parris, MPA’17
Kassiana Parris
is placed at the New York State Department of Health, working with the Office of Health Equity and Human Rights and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is driven by her faith and most passionate about advancing health equity initiatives and utilizing research and data-driven results, making health equity a strategic priority. As a first-generation American, Kassiana is committed to addressing health inequities involving racial and ethnic communities who are disproportionately burdened by chronic illness. Kassiana has years of experience in the non-profit sector serving high-risk communities and previously served as the Program Director for the Bowery Residents Committee (BRC) Care Coordination Mental Health Specialty program in New York City. Kassiana is also committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, which has led her to present a research proposal at the Northeastern Conference for Public Administration, ‘ Increasing employee morale, motivation and job satisfaction.’ She was awarded the Non-Profit, Policy, Practice and Partnership award and The Walton Family Constructive Action Grant at Metropolitan College of NY to support this initiative. Kassiana is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, and she re-established the Metropolitan College of NY (MCNY) Alumni network, serving two terms as the President of the MPA alumni network. She has also served as a member of the MCNY advisory council, identifying ways to advance the college’s social justice mission. Kassiana has an NYS Credentialed Alcohol Substance and Addiction Counselor certification and holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration from Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) and a BS in Psychology from Old Westbury University.

About the New York State Fellows Program
The Empire State Fellows Program is designed to attract talented professionals from outside of State government with demonstrated leadership potential who want to refocus their careers on public service. Candidates are selected based on their academic and professional experience, demonstrated leadership potential, and commitment to public service. The Empire State Fellows Program is a full-time leadership training program that prepares the next generation of talented professionals for careers as New York State policymakers.

MPA student Kassiana Parris and Dfr. Phil Nufrio