Bill Weisberg, Forestdale
by Benjamin Fang
Jan 13, 2016 | 19015 views | 0 0 comments | 607 607 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For William “Bill” Weisberg, his end goal is ending child poverty.

Weisberg is the new executive director of Forestdale, a direct family service organization in Forest Hills. He succeeds Anstiss Agnew, who led the agency for the last 10 years.

“I am thrilled to be the executive director of Forestdale,” he said. “It’s a great agency doing very important work. “

Weisberg comes after 34 years working for the Children’s Aid Society, where he served as executive vice president and CEO. Before that, he worked abroad in areas of combating ethnic violence.

“I hope those 34 years did more than just make me a lot older,” he said. “It helps because what I worked on in my last job is figuring out how to take young people with multiple needs and wrapping services around high-need individuals. That’s what we’re doing at Forestdale.

“I really have spent my life trying to help children be better taken care of,” he added.

Weisberg said that when people get up in the morning, certain things call out and compel them. For him, it’s figuring out how to address poverty.

“For me, it is so unfair that some children are not properly taken care of,” he said.

“That as a society as wealthy as ours, we haven’t figured out how to wipe out child poverty. We do it one child and one family at a time.”

Weisberg said he hopes his legacy will be continuing the work Forestdale does in the long term.

“If we really have made strides to continuing to find innovative ways for young people to thrive who might otherwise have languished, we will have continued to do our job,” he said. “If we serve people that way, we can be very proud of that.”
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