Robert Cordero


Robert Cordero has served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Grand St. Settlement since 2015. With an operating budget that increased from $15M to $44 million during the first eight years of his tenure, Robert works to guide the historic settlement house in its next 100 years of service in the Lower East Side and throughout Brooklyn. He prods himself and others to think creatively about innovative solutions that amplify impact, all while remaining focused on Grand Street’s mission, vision, culture and values in service to over 17,500 low income New Yorkers.

He has restructured and strengthened Grand Street’s administrative, finance, fundraising, and advocacy functions, while dramatically expanding youth services and early childhood programs. He and his team recently completed an $18 million Capital Campaign and renovation of Grand Street’s Lower East Side community center located at 80 Pitt St.

Robert got his start as a public school educator and community organizer in Chicago. He received the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Leadership Prize for outstanding work in the fields of health and harm reduction services, later completing the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program at the Anderson School of Management as the former President and Chief Program Officer of BOOM!Health in the Bronx, New York.

Robert currently serves as a Trustee on the Boards of the New York Foundation and United Neighborhood Houses. Robert holds a master’s degree (AM, 1997) from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.