Chief Executive Officer, CN Guidance and Counseling Services
Jeffrey Friedman is a non-profit executive leader with 25 years of progressive senior and executive level management experience in serving disadvantaged, at-risk, and vulnerable individuals and communities in the New York metropolitan area. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of CN Guidance & Counseling Services (cnGuidance.org), a four-decade-enduring nonprofit organization providing person-centered, comprehensive services to individuals and families on Long Island affected by mental health and/or substance use disorders.
As a results-producing leader (e.g., measurably improving client outcomes, reducing costs, and enhancing clients’ service experiences) with a passion for assuring sustained services for those in need, Mr. Friedman offers expertise in strategically assessing and addressing needs of nonprofit / health services organizations, individuals, communities, and high-needs populations, increasingly against a backdrop of fast-paced change in economic, political, and regulatory conditions. He is a leader who balances big-picture strategic planning with detailed day-today operations leadership and staff motivation. His daily practices encompass long-range sustainability planning, program visioning, and staff development. Leveraging more than two decades of progressive, senior-level, nonprofit management responsibility, Mr. Friedman is also a seasoned grant strategist: attracting millions of dollars in funding to fuel health and human services for needed programs. Mr. Friedman’s core beliefs lie in the power of strong partnerships, strategic alliances, and collaboration.
A leader with stamina, dedication, and an ability not just to endure change, but to lead it innovatively and collaboratively, he evokes strong inspiration, momentum, and results. Mr. Friedman’s expertise includes: partnership building, organizational steering, data-informed decision making, fiscal management and accountability, collaboration with boards of directors, developing and retaining staff, fundraising, managing grants, and prioritizing program evaluation and outcomes documentation.
Previously serving as the Executive Director of The Retreat, a domestic violence shelter and comprehensive domestic violence services organization in eastern Suffolk County, NY, Mr. Friedman assured the ongoing provision of direct hotline, emergency shelter, advocacy, and counseling services and linkages to services for people affected by mental and emotional health disorders (including conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder), substance abuse behaviors, HIV, homelessness, ongoing threats to personal wellness and safety, and urgent need for comprehensive receipt of critical services including medical, psychiatric, and psychological care.
Mr. Friedman has led staff sizes ranging from 40 to 300+ in exploring, pursuing, winning, and implementing relevant federal and foundation funding opportunities—including grants from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Prior to joining The Retreat, Mr. Friedman served and helped drive & inspire the missions of other non-profit groups including Federation Employment and Guidance Service in New York City and ARC [previously Association for Retarded Citizens] in Port Henry, New York.
Mr. Friedman earned a Master of Arts in Administration for Nonprofits from State University of New York at Plattsburgh (May 1995) and a Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University (September 1992). He has led CN Guidance as Chief Executive Officer since October 2013.