Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has appointed a deputy mayor for health and human services.
Lilliam Barrios-Paoli has wide-ranging experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors.
De Blasio says she will oversee agencies charged with housing the homeless, expanding community health clinics, and cutting red tape in social services.
She's managed five City agencies under three mayors.
She's credited with innovative reforms. They include the opening of senior centers serving the visually-impaired and LGBT populations.
In her nonprofit work, she served as president and CEO of Safe Space NYC. The organization serves children and families facing such issues as poverty, abuse and medical problems.
She's also been an executive at the United Way of New York and helped establish the September 11th Fund.