Brancaccio, Barbara

Committee: Sherry Gorelick, Louise Barnett, Dawn Esposito, Barbara Callaway
Post-MA Employment/Education: Administrative Public Information Specialist, Department of Homeless Services, New York City
Thesis/Practicum: Not Quite White, Not Quite Black

Barbara Brancaccio served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Public Information at the New York City Department of Social Services/Human Resources Administration. As the agency’s chief spokesperson and communications director, Brancaccio serves as liaison to the Mayor’s press office and is a principal advisor to the agency’s Commissioner. Prior to her appointment in 2006, Brancaccio was Executive Director for WomenCare Inc. and College and Community Fellowship, two nonprofit organizations for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. Brancaccio served as the Treasurer of the Advisory Board for Bayview Correctional Facility and is a Founding Board Member for the Learning Center for Women in Prison, a college program sponsored by Bard College for women incarcerated at the facility. Additionally, Brancaccio curated the Film Festival at the 10th National Roundtable for Women in Prison,and produced Surviving Justice: The Women in Prison Film Showcase, held in 2001 at Anthology Film Archives in New York City. Brancaccio began her career as Special Assistant to New York City Council Member Ronnie Eldridge, and in 2005 she was the Campaign Manager for New York City Council member Margarita Lopez, a candidate for Manhattan Borough President. With Joshua Zeman, she co-directed the documentary Cropsey (2009).