Chief Executive Officer, Rising Ground

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Since joining Rising Ground as CEO in 2009, Alan Mucatel has led the 188-year-old organization through a remarkable period of renewal and expansion. When he arrived at Rising Ground, Mr. Mucatel inherited a shrinking organization that was facing significant financial and programmatic challenges. Today, he is credited with transforming the organization into an innovative and effective provider of human services for children, families, and adults in the New York metropolitan area.

Since 2009, Rising Ground has undergone a tremendous transformation. It has launched more than $45 million in new programs and services; merged with Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families; renamed and rebranded itself to be more reflective of its work; and grown its budget from $56 million to approximately $130 million. In reshaping the organization, Mr. Mucatel brought in new senior managers, created a bold strategic plan, developed and applied new performance metrics, and led his team to identify new opportunities for services and design pioneering programs to support individuals with complex needs. The New York Community Trust awarded Rising Ground the coveted Gold Nonprofit Excellence Award in Overall Management in recognition of many of these accomplishments, and regulators frequently use Rising Ground as a model for other nonprofit agencies to follow.

In 2018, Mr. Mucatel was named to City & State’s 2018 Nonprofit Power 50. He is the Vice Chair and Founder of the Collaborative for Children and Families, a children’s Health Home providing services to 25+ human services nonprofit organizations and services and Treasurer of the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies. Prior to joining Rising Ground, Mr. Mucatel was the executive director of Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ). He previously worked at the Coalition for the Homeless, first as its development director and then as deputy director.

Mr. Mucatel earned an MBA in Economics and an MA in Politics from New York University, and received a BA in Government from Wesleyan University.

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