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Executive Director, New York State Preferred Source Program for People Who Are Blind
Carrie Laney is the Executive Director for the New York State Preferred Source Program (NYSPSP) for People Who Are Blind, an initiative that creates and sustains employment for New Yorkers who are blind. She assumed this role in April 2013, bringing her experience in state government, commercial and nonprofit management to the NYSPSP team. As Executive Director, Ms. Laney provides leadership, management and direction to the NYSPSP for People Who Are Blind, and works closely with NYSPSP affiliated agencies, state and municipal government customers, commercial partners and other key stakeholders to create and sustain employment opportunities for New Yorkers who are blind.
A native New Yorker, Ms. Laney has held several leadership positions within the New York state government, including Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Transportation, Office of the Governor; Director, Office of Transportation Planning and Environmental Services, New York State Thruway Authority; and Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development. Most recently, she served as Vice President of External Affairs for The New York Botanical Garden, where she was responsible for managing the government relations and marketing program, and generating both earned income and public sector funding from city and state sources.
The NYSPSP for People Who Are Blind is designated by the New York State Commission for the Blind. NYSPSP for People Who Are Blind is a state-mandated initiative to create and sustain employment opportunities for New Yorkers who are blind or visually impaired. State and local agencies are required to purchase certain products and services produced by nine affiliated nonprofit agencies in New York that employ people who are blind or visually impaired. The program offers more than 1,500 products and services to state and local government customers, and employs more than 400 New Yorkers who are blind or visually impaired.