Lois Herrera, Chief Executive Officer, Office of Safety and Youth Development, NYC BOE.  The mission of the Office of Safety and Youth Development is to help schools to create and maintain a safe, orderly and supportive school environment for students.  Currently, Ms. Herrera oversees the areas of safety, security, attendance and student support programs. Prior to becoming CEO, NYC Schools Chancellor Fariña charged Lois Herrera with forming the Office of Guidance and School Counseling to build the capacity of school counselors to positively impact student academic success, social-emotional development, and postsecondary planning.  Lois Herrera began her career as a middle school Bilingual School Counselor.  In 2007, she assumed the role of Director of Student Support Services, and later Deputy CEO for Youth Development, in the newly formed Office of School and Youth Development (OSYD), overseeing policy for the areas of school counseling, substance abuse prevention and intervention, attendance, community partnerships, and Students in Temporary Housing.

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