Joel Copperman joined CASES in 1990 as the organization’s first Executive Director. Prior to joining CASES, Mr. Copperman held several positions in New York City Government during the administration of Mayor Ed Koch. Mr. Copperman was in the Mayor’s Office serving as a Legislative Representative in Albany, as Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations, and as the first Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contracts.
Mr. Copperman is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Human Services Council (HSC), a coalition of more than 170 New York City organizations that advocates for the needs of the human services sector; he currently serves on the HSC Priority and Strategy Council. He is also the former Chair and a current member of the Board of Directors of Youth Represent, an organization that addresses legal issues that may stem from a young person’s involvement in the criminal justice system; he is also a former Board member of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, the advocacy organization for New York City’s behavioral health agencies.
In 2011, he was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the Citywide Justice and Mental Health Initiative and in 2014, he was appointed by Mayor de Blasio to serve on the Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System. In 2014, Mr. Copperman was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice.
Mr. Copperman currently serves on the Nonprofits and Social Services Advisory Council. The Council was established by Mayor de Blasio to help shape the City’s ongoing response to the pandemic.
Mr. Copperman holds a BA from Bradley University, a JD from Boston University School of Law, and an MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.