In the past year Domestic Violence services and systems have been undergoing a high degree of scrutiny. Leah Feldman has been at the forefront of that analysis and has been charged with strengthening the universal response to domestic violence in Dutchess County during this critical time. A comprehensive review of the system was completed for the Dutchess County Legislature, which included a comprehensive package of recommendations. These recommendations led to an increase in funding for services, despite cuts in many other areas. It also led to an increase in offender accountability measures and changes in State legislation. Leah has brought knowledge and skill to the discussions as well as a great degree of poise under trying circumstances. Her professionalism coupled with a quiet strength has earned her the respect and admiration of a host of stakeholders. Leah’s oral and written presentation skills are of the highest quality, and as such she is often cited in the media, bringing credibility and positive exposure as well as increasing access to services for victims and survivors. She has been able to foster and deepen collaborations, provide leadership and innovation, and advocacy that is far reaching and sustainable. Leah demonstrates a deep commitment to the cause as well as to her colleagues and is perceived as a trusted advisor and leader to many within Family Services.
Congratulations Leah on this well deserved honor!