Margaret Egan, CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance

Margaret Egan

Interim Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and
Director of Strategic Initiatives

Margaret Egan, CUNY’s Interim Vice Chancellor for Human Resources/Director of Strategic Initiatives, has broad public sector experience in operations management, policy, criminal justice, public safety, public health and pension reform.

As part of her strategic initiatives focus, Egan oversees the Administrative Excellence Initiative, a broad administrative restructuring effort to make CUNY more efficient and effective, saving $75 million over four years to rededicate to core education priorities.

A recent Senior Fellow at CUNY’s Institute for State and Local Governance, Egan previously served as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Assistant Secretary for Public Safety, where she managed oversight of agency operations involving budget, legal, legislative, media and personnel issues for state public safety agencies including the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, New York State Police, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Division of Criminal Justice Services, Department of Military and Naval Affairs, State Commission on Corrections, Office of Victim Service and Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. She also managed the governor’s policy, budget and legislative initiatives to reduce gun violence, improve outcomes for incarcerated populations, address heroin use and misuse, and stabilize distressed communities. She was appointed as Interim Vice Chancellor on Jan. 15, 2018.

Egan’s prior experience includes positions as director of the Cook County, Illinois Office of Public Policy & External Affairs, where she managed research and policy staff to develop and implement large-scale policy and legislative initiatives for the nearly 7,000-employee Sheriff’s office, and advised on the strategy, development and implementation of policy, legislative, and communication initiatives concerning incarceration, violence reduction, re-entry, social policy, health care reform, policing, housing foreclosure and eviction.

She also developed specific, strategies in collaboration with the City of Chicago, County stakeholders and the State of Illinois on illegal guns, violence reduction, pre-trial release, detention–based education, mental health/substance use care, Medicaid expansion, workforce development, and foreclosure/evictions interventions.

Egan’s earlier positions include, consultant to the University of Chicago Crime lab, acting executive director of the Cook County Judicial Advisory Council, Chief of Staff to Commissioner Bridget Gainer, and law clerk at the Sargent Shriver National Center.

She was also an Equal Justice America Fellow with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Egan is a graduate of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University Graduate School, and a B.A. in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.