Mayor Eric Adams announced the reappointment of James Hendon as commissioner of the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services. Hendon will continue to lead the department to provide the city’s veterans with essential services and programs focused on pivotal areas, such as economic empowerment, housing security, benefits, health and wellness, and culture.
“James Hendon has devoted his career to serving our country and our city, and we are honored to have him continue to serve the tens of thousands of veterans living in New York City as commissioner of the Department of Veterans’ Services,” said Adams. “As a combat veteran and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, James has illustrated a sincere commitment to ensuring his fellow veterans have access to services that are both impactful and compassionate. He has a proven track record of being an innovative leader, and I am proud to reappoint him to this role.”
Hendon is the commissioner of the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services. Previously, Hendon served as director of the New York University Veterans Future Lab, a small business incubator for practicing and aspiring entrepreneurs who are U.S. military veterans or veterans’ spouses.
“I am humbled and overjoyed to be given the opportunity to keep serving New York City’s military veterans and their families,” said Hendon. “Mayor Adams has a vision of making New York City a place where, rather than spend disproportionate amounts of time and resources pulling people out of the river downstream, we prevent them from falling into the river upstream in the first place. We at the Department of Veterans’ Services embrace the mayor’s vision as it applies to our veterans and their loved ones. We proudly channel the mayor’s passion, viewpoint, efficiency, and sense of urgency as we empower the city’s veteran community to reach new heights.”
A veteran entrepreneur himself, Hendon is the founder and former CEO of the Energy Economic Development Corporation, an organization that provides green energy workforce development training throughout the New York City area. Previously, Hendon served as the COO for BlocPower, a U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored company that helps nonprofits, small businesses, and faith centers perform energy efficiency retrofits. He previously worked as an associate in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank.
Before entering the civilian workforce, Hendon spent seven years in the U.S. Army as an active-duty infantry officer, where he deployed as a mortar platoon leader and battalion public affairs officer to Iraq, worked as an admissions officer for West Point, and served as the senior advisor to the Afghan Border Police in Afghanistan.