Alphonzo Elder’s professional experience spans more than a decade of providing meaningful employment to individuals with criminal justice, social service, mental health and physical disabilities backgrounds. In addition, he has worked as a consultant to community based-organizations such as the New York Diagnostic Center, giving him a creative educational advantage in producing outcomes for underserviced populations. His two greatest career highlights were providing employment and ESL training to displaced vendors of primary African descent that were directly affected by the tragedies of September 11, 2001 and obtaining funding for employment interviewing for opiate-dependent clients.
Mr. Elder currently works at the Lower Eastside Service Center. There he provides outpatient vocational and educational services to clients seeking substance abuse recovery from drugs and alcohol and co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency disorders. He received his Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2008 from Hunter College.