New Haven – Mayor Toni N. Harp today reported the resignation of Community Services Administrator Dr. Martha Okafor effective Friday, January 12. The Community Services Administration (CSA) oversees the City’s network of social services departments and providers; Dr. Okafor has served the Harp administration and city residents as its administrator since 2014.
Prior to her arrival in New Haven, Okafor was the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health and an Assistant Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Georgia, and she was a faculty member at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Massachusetts. She was also the Chief Executive Officer of a private community health and social services consulting business.
“Dr. Okafor brought an extraordinary skill set to New Haven and used it to advance programs and services provided by CSA to address hunger and food insecurity, financial literacy, and work for homeless residents,” Mayor Harp said. “The City’s nascent Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, to help substance abusers avoid criminal prosecution, is CSA’s most recent initiative under the leadership of Dr. Okafor, and I’m very enthusiastic about its prospects.”
As part of her resignation letter, Dr. Okafor states, “I appreciate the opportunities I have been given during my time with the City, and have enjoyed many important work and transformative initiatives we have implemented to improve health, safety and wellness of our residents and the general public.”
Dr. Okafor has agreed to consult with the City on CSA matters while the City transitions to a new Community Services Administrator.