Melanie Hartzog has been named the New York Foundling’s next president and CEO. Hartzog will succeed longtime leader Bill Baccaglini, who is retiring.

Hartzog, who currently serves as New York City’s deputy mayor for Health and Human Services, will assume the role of president of The Foundling in January while Baccaglini will continue as CEO. After an appropriate period of transition, Baccaglini will step down and Hartzog will assume the title of president and CEO.

In her current role as deputy mayor, she is responsible for guiding the city’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and oversees the social services agencies that deliver care and assistance to New York’s vulnerable populations, including seniors, the homeless, children, and victims of domestic violence.