Meet Cecilia

Cecilia Tkaczyk (Ka-chick) lives on a small farm in the town of Duanesburg, NY, a rural community in the western part of Schenectady County, with her husband, Eric, and twelve year old son, Peter.

Cecilia has been a strong advocate for public schools and has served for five years on the Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education and currently is the school board’s Vice President. The Duanesburg School District provides education to 850 children with an annual budget of $14 million.

Recognized as a housing policy expert, Cecilia has over 20 years experience working in the field of affordable and supportive housing. For nearly ten years, Cecilia served as Executive Director of the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State – a coalition representing over 300 non-profit affordable housing providers throughout the state. Additionally, she worked for a time as Statewide Advocacy Director for the Supportive Housing Network of New York. During her tenure as a housing expert, Cecilia lead successful state and federal advocacy campaigns around affordable housing and homelessness issues.

Most recently, Cecilia worked as a senior legislative analyst for the New York State Senate Majority Conference where she played a key role in developing the 2009 Mortgage Foreclosure Law to assist homeowners and tenants dealing with the foreclosure crisis.

Before moving to New York State, Cecilia worked as a labor organizer with the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers and was involved in the successful campaign to organize Harvard’s clerical and technical staff.

Additionally, Cecilia is an active member of the Duanesburg Democratic Committee, Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corp., and is the Vice-President of Golden Fleece Spinners and Weavers Guild. Cecilia has a bachelors of science degree in Agricultural Science from Rutgers University. She spends her free time (when she actually has some) biking and spinning wool from her flock of Jacob sheep.