Russell Sykes, Director, Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being, American Public Human Services Association
Russell Sykes, Director, Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being, American Public Human Services Association
Russell Sykes is currently the Director of APHSA's Center for Employment and Economic Well-Being (CEEWB). In addition to his APHSA role, Sykes is also a Visiting Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
Mr. Sykes has been an independent consultant and researcher, with contracts in the fields of TANF, Medicaid, EITC, SNAP, Workforce and other areas. He was also one of ten members appointed by Congress to the National Hunger Commission from 2014-2016.
Before launching his independent consultancy, Mr. Sykes was a Senior Fellow at the Empire Center on Public Policy, a project of the Manhattan Institute. While there, he wrote numerous opinion pieces on health, nutrition, workforce and welfare issues. He also published policy papers on the Earned Income Tax Credit, Medicaid and TANF Welfare Waivers.
Mr. Sykes served from 2004-2011 as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance where he was responsible statewide for both the operations and policy direction of the SNAP/Food Stamp Program, the LIHEAP Program, the TANF Program, Welfare to work contracts, the business rules for the program's IT systems, the state SSI supplement and state efforts to enroll working households in both the federal and NYS EITC.
Mr. Sykes was also Vice-President of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (then State Communities Aid Association). He was the architect of New York State's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) legislation and founder of the Nutrition Consortium of New York State (now Hunger Solutions). Previous to that Mr. Sykes worked as Fieldwork Coordinator for the Food Research and Action Center and as Director of a four county community food and nutrition program in Adams County Pa.
Mr. Sykes is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in English and Creative Writing.
Russell Sykes is currently the Director of APHSA's Center for Employment and Economic Well-Being (CEEWB). In addition to his APHSA role, Sykes is also a Visiting Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
Mr. Sykes has been an independent consultant and researcher, with contracts in the fields of TANF, Medicaid, EITC, SNAP, Workforce and other areas. He was also one of ten members appointed by Congress to the National Hunger Commission from 2014-2016.
Before launching his independent consultancy, Mr. Sykes was a Senior Fellow at the Empire Center on Public Policy, a project of the Manhattan Institute. While there, he wrote numerous opinion pieces on health, nutrition, workforce and welfare issues. He also published policy papers on the Earned Income Tax Credit, Medicaid and TANF Welfare Waivers.
Mr. Sykes served from 2004-2011 as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance where he was responsible statewide for both the operations and policy direction of the SNAP/Food Stamp Program, the LIHEAP Program, the TANF Program, Welfare to work contracts, the business rules for the program's IT systems, the state SSI supplement and state efforts to enroll working households in both the federal and NYS EITC.
Mr. Sykes was also Vice-President of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (then State Communities Aid Association). He was the architect of New York State's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) legislation and founder of the Nutrition Consortium of New York State (now Hunger Solutions). Previous to that Mr. Sykes worked as Fieldwork Coordinator for the Food Research and Action Center and as Director of a four county community food and nutrition program in Adams County Pa.
Mr. Sykes is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in English and Creative Writing.