Theresa Hassler, a 2010 Drake Law graduate, has recently accepted a position with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH). Although the position was advertised for the Advocacy and Communications Coordinator, Hassler obtained the position of Director of Communications, Government Relations, and Community Organizing due to her previous experience in state government as a lobbyist, her involvement with political campaigns, and her law degree.
As her title implies, Hassler’s responsibilities will be three-prong. As Director of Government Relations, she will be a registered lobbyist in New York City and for the state of New York and will meet with elected officials and other policymakers in an effort to advance the Coalition’s goal of eradicating poverty. Hassler capacity as Director of Communications will require her to manage all NYCCAH public relations which will include writing press releases, op-eds, directing the maintenance of the website and social media, and arranging press events. Hassler will also supervise two full-time community organizers in the five boroughs of New York City, evaluate the effectiveness of the Coalition’s grass-root activism programs, organize the interfaith community leaders, and monitor the implementation of all community-based advocacy under her role as Director of Community Organizing.
Hassler’s position will require a great deal of travel within New York City and to other major metropolitan areas, but she stated that “it will be worth it. I am excited to give back to the community, something that is very important to me and was emphasized during my three years at Drake Law.”
To learn more about the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, visit www.nyccah.org.