Prior to joining Continuum, Mr. Brezenoff served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Maimonides Medical Center, a 705-bed tertiary care teaching hospital in Brooklyn, New York -- a position he held from February 1995 to June 2003.
From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Brezenoff was Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a public-sector corporation that operates the world’s largest complex of trade and transportation facilities, and included the World Trade Center. In 1990, he also served as Senior Program Advisor for the Commonwealth Fund, a philanthropic institution with a particular focus on health care.
Mr. Brezenoff’s career in New York City public service began in 1978 when he was appointed Commissioner for the Department of Employment and later as Administrator of the Human Resources Administration. From 1981 to 1984, Mr. Brezenoff was President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), which governs the world’s largest non-federal health care system.
In 1984, Mayor Edward Koch asked Mr. Brezenoff to serve as Deputy Mayor for Operations and then as First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York. In that position, he directed the day-to-day operations of city agencies, including Police, Fire, Sanitation, Parks, Transportation, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Probation, Human Resources, Health, and Aging. During that time, he was also a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board, mayoral liaison to the Board of Education and City University of New York (CUNY), as well as Chairman of HHC.
Prior to his appointments in city government, from 1969 to 1978, Mr. Brezenoff served as Program Officer for the Ford Foundation in its National Affairs, Government & Law and Social Policy Divisions. He was responsible for the Foundation’s $10 million program in non-judicial conflict resolution and a host of other programs, including an income security project that provided information for policy makers in the welfare field.
Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Brezenoff was active in the Congress of Racial Equality and the Citywide Committee of Integrated Schools. Mr. Brezenoff has served as Program Advisor for the New York Urban Coalition and he has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Healthfirst, the League of Voluntary Hospitals & Homes of New York, New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and Dean’s Council of New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. He also served as Chairman on the boards of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), Academic Medicine Development Company (AMDeC) and Structured Employment and Economic Development Corporation (SEEDCO).
Mr. Brezenoff was born in Brooklyn and received his Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Philosophy from Brooklyn College.