PPEF was founded in 1986 to address critical social, economic, racial and environmental issues facing low and moderate income New York State residents. Our areas of work have included health care, education, after-school programs, voter participation, economic development and consumer issues. PPEF uses many tools in its work, including grassroots organizing, research and policy development, public education on a wide range of policy issues, and community outreach.

PPEF has eight offices around the state, in Buffalo, Rochester, Binghamton, Utica, Albany, Kingston, New York City and Massapequa. PPEF staff organize and train volunteers in each region in skills development, racial justice, and political education.

The Public Policy and Education Fund of New York (PPEF) is the not-for-profit research and public education affiliate of Citizen Action of New York.


Public Policy and Education Fund of New York
Board of Directors

Interim President: Mark Hannay

Secretary-Treasurer: Ellen Kennedy

Hae-Lin Choi

Maurice Mitchell

Paul Webster