Sa’uda Dunlap-Frazier, LCSW, is an experienced leader within New York City’s public health, school, and social service systems. She is an influential manager known for ease within development of relationships, and she contributes to skillful negotiations and strategic planning. Sa’uda had a leadership role in developing strategies to shift policies, programs and practices at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to center racial equity and social justice to address health inequities in public health. She was part of a team that successfully implemented the 100 Schools Project through the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program in New York’s middle and high schools. Her career includes case management, work in a psychiatric hospital providing treatment to children and adolescents and clinical consultation, implementation of school mental health programs in the public health sector, and support to staff at community-based organizations.
Sa’uda currently serves as the program director for the Prevention and Intervention Program in the school-based mental health department at The Jewish Board. She is responsible for the clinical, operational, and administrative oversight of the program. She ensures quality services in line with city, state, and agency mandates. Sa’uda maintains relationships with school personnel and various city regulatory bodies while cultivating additional resources and relationships with community organizations for purposes of referral and collaboration.
Sa’uda was born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. She is a proud product of the NYC Department of Education school system. She graduated from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service with a Masters in Social Work and received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Hunter College, City University of New York. Sa’uda uses a racial equity and social justice lens in all aspects of her work. She is also an active member of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.