Marge Rogatz was appointed to the SONYMA board by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli in January 2008.
Ms. Rogatz has been a leading advocate for affordable housing on Long Island for many years. She has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Advocates, Inc., since 1986, providing critical leadership on the issues of homelessness and the need for affordable housing on Long Island. Under her tenure, Community Advocates has established a number of precedent-setting initiatives, including the development of the first permanent rental apartments for homeless families in Nassau County.
Ms. Rogatz helped found the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless in 1988 and served as an officer and on its executive board for 16 years. Since 1995, she has played a vital role in helping bring more than $80 million in Federal and other funding to nonprofit housing and service providers on Long Island.
Ms. Rogatz is also a founding board member and officer of ERASE Racism, Sustainable Long Island and the LI Campaign for Affordable Rental Housing. She serves on the board of the Long Island Community Foundation, the Nassau County Task Force on Homelessness and the Nassau County Panel on Next Generation Housing. In 2007, she was appointed Chair of the Nassau County 10-year Plan to End Homelessness by Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi.
Previously, Ms. Rogatz was a consultant in the fields of community development and human services for New York City Mayor John Lindsay, Nassau County Executive Eugene Nickerson and Suffolk County Executive John Klein. She also consulted for the Head Start centers in New York City and for community hospitals and organizations in East Harlem and the South Bronx. During the civil rights movement, Ms. Rogatz served as special assistant to James Farmer, National Director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).
Ms. Rogatz attended Smith College, graduated from Barnard College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her housing advocacy, humanitarian service and community activism.
Last updated: 11/14/2008