Jonathan Gaffney, Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation
Combining business and community service, Mr. Gaffney has been serving in increasingly complex and responsible positions in the Rockaways community since 1996. In his continuing work in customer service with the Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., he develops and implements company policies, supervising staff and promoting company vision. He also initiates business and marketing strategies to engender and enhance business relationships. Further service with the Henry Street Workforce Development Center, refined his access to research and recruitment methods, data collection tools and database management in the provision of services for employers. Since 2016, as Deputy Executive Director/Workforce Director of the Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation (OBCDC), Mr. Gaffney has worked closely with the Executive Director; overseeing daily operations, coordinating firm leadership and guiding the efforts of executive teams, representing the organization with outside stakeholders and establishing partnership and marketing opportunities to create favorable circumstances for fundraising. For the past seven years, Jonathan has provided exemplary service to Ocean Bay CDC especially in expanding employment opportunities and workforce preparedness for Ocean Bay’ constituents. Holding a BA from Morehouse College, Mr. Gaffney has studied at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania for continuing education courses and earned a master’s certificate in non-profit leadership from the Baruch College of Public Affairs. Mr. Gaffney is a native of New York, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, a board member of the Early Childhood Education Center, and a longtime member of the Rockaway Community.