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  • Jean-Claude LeBec: Assistant Commissioner of Strategic Initiatives for the Department of Corrections in New York City

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    Jean-Claude says his experience with Milano’s Urban Policy Lab was intense but rewarding and offered him opportunities to grow through practical challenges.

    Jean-Claude LeBec (MS Policy ’11) was working a low-level administrative assistant job when he realized he wanted more. With an undergraduate degree in political science, Jean-Claude knew he wanted to pursue a graduate degree that opened him up to new opportunities and provided him with hands-on knowledge, diverse networks, and better professional skills. After researching several programs in the New York City area, he found that the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment offered everything he was looking for.

    Jean-Claude recalls studying in the Urban Policy Lab with Professor Alex Schwartz, saying that his experience with the lab was intense but rewarding and offered him opportunities to grow through practical challenges. Milano taught him how to think through problems on the job, how to deal with team dynamics, when to lead, and when to step back. It taught him how to move forward toward a common goal and how to push through difficulty.

    Jean-Claude is now the assistant commissioner of Strategic Initiatives for the Department of Corrections (DOC) in New York City, and says his experience at Milano makes his current day-to-day work “that much easier.” Jean-Claude oversees the project management team and the office of constituent and grievance services, which address complaints made by community stakeholders, including those incarcerated in city jails. He leads teams in thinking strategically about operational planning, process improvement, and performance metrics. 

    Jean-Claude’s ambitious work is helping New York City provide procedural justice by implementing DOC’s reform initiatives and filling the gaps between inmates, their rights, and those responsible for providing services fairly.

     

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