Stacey Scarpone has been appointed to be the new Executive Director at the Women’s Fund of Long Island (WFLI), formerly the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls. Scarpone has spent the last fifteen years developing, implementing, and managing women’s and girl’s health and human rights programs in Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States. She is an expert in human trafficking issues and has been responsible for training government officials worldwide on how to address this growing problem. Most recently, Scarpone was Director of International Programs for the Pascucci Family Foundation.
“The committee was impressed by Stacey’s extensive experience with social justice issues worldwide and with her passion for improving the lives of women and girls here on Long Island,” said Women’s Fund Co-President Susan Kravitz who headed the search committee. “With her vision and expertise, she is the ideal choice to lead the Women’s Fund of Long Island in the 21st century.”
"I am excited about the opportunity to build on WFLI’s successes and work with such an incredibly dedicated team to continue to make innovative investments in the 'power of women and the dreams of girls',” said Scarpone. “I have had the wonderful fortune to work all over the world on social justice issues; however, the chance to work on these issues in the Long Island communities where I grew up, is the most amazing opportunity yet.”
“We are delighted that Stacey will bring a global perspective to our work and expand our awareness of issues such as human trafficking in our own communities,” said Wini Freund, Co-President. “We are confident she will ensure that WFLI continues to grow as a women’s philanthropic community, actively engaged in the issues critical to our own region.”
Scarpone received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from NYU and Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. After serving for two years in the Peace Corps in Honduras, she worked internationally in places as diverse as Moldova, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kenya, Guinea, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Italy, and the Dominican Republic, for a variety of organizations such as the International Organization for Migration, the International Organization for Adolescents, and the United Nations.