Melanie Hartzog is New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. In this role she is responsible for guiding the City’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and oversees the social services agencies that deliver care and assistance to New York’s vulnerable populations, including seniors, the homeless, children and victims of domestic violence. Deputy Mayor Hartzog also guides implementation of NYC Health + Hospitals’ strategic goals and sits on its board.
She formerly served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she oversaw the country’s largest and most complex municipal budget. In this capacity she played a critical role in helping the City navigate the financial crisis that arose as New York became the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to serving as Budget Director she was OMB’s Deputy Director for Health and Social Services, where she helped shape some of the de Blasio Administration’s most critical policy initiatives. Before this she served as the Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund – New York, where she oversaw program and policy development, financial management, and fundraising.
She also was the Family Services Coordinator for the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, where she launched the Young Men’s Initiative, and served as Deputy Commissioner for Child Care and Head Start within New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, where she oversaw the City’s subsidized early child care and education system.
Deputy Mayor Hartzog received her B.A. from Eckerd College, and holds an M.S. from the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.