Christopher Caruso Senior Executive Director of the Office of Community Schools

Caruso is a social entrepreneur at the intersection of schools and communities. Early in his career he worked at Children’s Aid Society, first as program director in a community school, and later moving to the central office to become the first budget director for community schools. In ‘02, Chris became budget director at HRA; in '04 he moved to DYCD, where he was eventually appointed Asst. Commissioner for Out-of-School Time (OST), overseeing the Mayoral initiative that created the country’s largest OST system; in 2010 he went to lead generationOn, a national education & youth service org; and in late 2011 became Sr.VP at TASC for ExpandED Schools. Caruso joined the de Blasio Administration in 2015 as Executive Director for Community Schools.


Our team is a diverse group of leaders with backgrounds in education, youth development, business, social work, and community development. We sit in the Division of School Climate and Wellness, which is led by Deputy Chancellor LaShawn Robinson. In addition to supporting the portfolio of Community Schools, our office supports a variety of afterschool programs, partnerships with the Department of Youth and Community Development, summer learning experiences, and general partnerships with Community Based Organizations. Within our office we have a number of teams including:

  • Attendance Policy and Planning

  • Capacity Building

  • Finance, Budget, and Operations

  • Research and Development

  • School Support

  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Strategic Planning

  • Students in Temporary Housing

See also: Advisory Board