Robert Cordero

Robert Cordero joined Grand St. Settlement as executive director on June 22, 2015. With an operating budget of $22M+, Mr. Cordero is charged with guiding the historic settlement house into its next 100 years of service with a top flight team of staff, volunteers, donors and board members. He prods himself and others to think creatively about innovative solutions that amplify impact, all while remaining focused on Grand Street’s mission, vision, culture and values in service to over 10,000 low income New Yorkers annually. To date, Mr. Cordero has restructured and strengthened Grand Street’s administrative, finance, fundraising and advocacy functions. He completed organizational plans for a new intergenerational community center and launched a new social enterprise, GrandLo Café, at Essex Crossing 2018. He also initiated a Board-approved strategic planning process that has resulted in the dramatic expansion of youth services in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Cordero got his start as a public school educator and community organizer in Chicago. He received the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Leadership Prize for outstanding work in the fields of health and harm reduction services, later completing the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program at the Anderson School of Management as the former president and chief program officer of BOOM!Health in the Bronx. He completed the executive leadership program, Greater New York, in 2018. Mr. Cordero holds a master’s degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. A beaming father of twin boys and a baby girl, he enjoys exploring the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, city beaches, Loisaida and colorful neighborhoods throughout NYC. Born and raised in Chicago as an “Erie House” kid, Mr. Cordero is a diehard Cubs (no more waiting after 108 years), Bulls and Bears fan.