Kim Sweet/Maggie Moroff
Kim Sweet (left) is the Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), a not-for-profit organization that promotes access to quality education for all children in New York City’s schools. She leads a staff of 48 attorneys and education specialists and oversees a wide range of projects focusing primarily on the educational rights and needs of the children the school system often overlooks – children with disabilities, English Language Learners, children who are homeless, and children involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems.
At AFC, Ms. Sweet has served on a number of task forces, coalitions, and commissions, including the Commission on School Governance established by the Public Advocate for the City of New York in 2008. Ms. Sweet came to AFC following ten years with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), where she most recently held the title of Associate General Counsel. While at NYLPI, Ms. Sweet and a colleague from the New York State Commission on Quality of Care started Parents for Inclusive Education (PIE), a group of parents, educators, and advocates who came to together to advocate for more inclusive educational options in New York City’s schools. After more than a decade, PIE continues to make a unique and valuable contribution to the formation of special education policy in the City. After graduating law school, Ms. Sweet clerked for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr., District Court Judge of the Southern District of New York, and worked as a litigator at the firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP. Ms. Sweet holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Ms. Sweet is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cahn Fellows Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also taught for two years as an adjunct professor in the Urban Law Clinic of New York Law School.
Since 2008 Maggie Moroff (right) has worked as the Special Education Policy Coordinator at Advocates for Children of New York, a not-for-profit organization that works on behalf of children at risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure, and as the Coordinator ARISE Coalition a group of organizations and individuals who have come together to push for systemic reform to improve day-to-day experiences and long term outcomes for students with disabilities in the New York City public schools. Prior to her current efforts, Maggie worked in schools, government agencies, and legal services organizations on education and justice related issues. Key positions she has held include: work as the Senior Education Planner at Esperanza/Hope, a community based placement alternative for youth in the juvenile justice system; additional policy, organizing, and legal services work at Advocates for Children around issues regarding the education of student with disabilities and school discipline; as a teacher of preschool and school aged children in NYC’s public and private schools; and as a staff attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem, a community-based legal services office. Maggie holds a B.A., a J.D., and a M.S.E.. She sits on the Board of Directors of Counseling Services of Eastern District New York, a not-for-profit organization that serves individuals needing effective addiction treatment and is a recent recipient of the Bank Street Distinguished Service Award.