Victoria Neznansky, LCSW, Chief Program Officer at the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine in 1989. She was recognized by the U.S. State Department for her outstanding contributions to this country for her work with refugees, graduated with a Master's Degree in Social Work from NYU, has had a distinguished clinical career in the field of trauma and immigration, and has presented at numerous professional conferences around the United States.
Ms. Neznansky brings her unique background and her rich experiences to the administrative position at the Y where she develops and oversees innovative programs and services for children with special needs, education, youth and diversity. Most notably, she conceived and oversaw the project "Sosua: Dare to Dance Together", which brings the Dominican and Jewish youth of the Washington Heights & Inwood community together in a musical production about the Holocaust. "Sosua" has received international and national awards and recognition for its global impact on youth and peace, and has been performed at the United Nations, The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City and many other important venues. Ms. Neznansky has been instrumental in the planning of a documentary film of the making of the Sosua production which has been recently completed.
Her career in the fields of clinical social work, education and administration is enhanced by her passion for reading and the arts.