Neil Sheehan is Outreach’s Executive Vice President for Business Development. With Outreach since 1982, he was handpicked by President Emeritus and CEO Kathleen Riddle for the role of Chief Operating Officer that he held until 2018. Since then, his impact has been felt across the agency’s programs, administrative growth and fundraising initiatives. Sheehan has oversight for Outreach’s residential programs, Long Island and New York City outpatient services, and Outreach Training Institute (OTI). He also works closely with the Board of Directors on fundraising initiatives.
Among his accomplishments, Sheehan helped open the agency’s second adolescent residential facility in Brentwood in 1992. The move further expanded Outreach’s adolescent services and solidified the agency’s presence in Long Island. Sheehan also helped guide strategic efforts to develop and expand the Outreach Training Institute and its programs. Over the past 20 years, the Institute has trained more than 3,000 individuals, bringing quality CASAC courses to prospective and current drug and alcohol treatment professionals.
Sheehan oversees the development of Outreach’s biggest annual fundraiser – the Metropolitan Luncheon. Well known as Manhattan’s premier luncheon, the event regularly attracts 700-800 attendees from varying industries.
A passionate volunteer for many community nonprofit causes, Sheehan is a longtime participant and Board member for the St. John’s Bread and Life Soup Kitchen as well as a Co-Chair for the Affordable Housing Task Force for the North Brooklyn Waterfront Rezoning. Sheehan holds a Master of Science in Urban Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Community Organizing from Hunter College.