Bobbie Sackman Project FIND 2016 Gala Honoree
Bobbie Sackman has been Director of Public Policy with LiveOn NY since 1989. In a career spanning 35 years, she has earned a reputation as a tenacious and passionate advocate on behalf of older adults.
Community-based services including senior centers, elder abuse programs, congregate and home-delivered meals, affordable housing, case management, adult day services, transportation, NORCs and other services that have benefited from Bobbie’s grassroots advocacy work. Under Bobbie’s advocacy and policy leadership, millions of city, state and federal funds have been won in new money and preventing cuts.
During Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent affordable housing campaign to modernize zoning laws that would facilitate building senior housing, Bobbie led LiveOn NY’s Affordable Senior Housing Coalition to successfully win major zoning changes. In 2014, Bobbie successfully worked with state and city officials to win a substantial income eligibility increase for SCRIE, from $29,000 to $50,000.
Under Bobbie’s leadership, LiveOn NY’s Elder Abuse Coalition has spearheaded citywide and statewide campaigns for elder abuse funding and legislation to protect and provide services for elder abuse survivors. Bobbie has organized the advocacy campaign that more than tripled city funding for elder abuse prevention services.
Bobbie holds a BA from Hunter College and an MSW from Ohio State University. She has been an adjunct in the Hunter College Urban Affairs and Planning Masters degree program and Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work.