Long Island nonprofit Family & Children’s Association (FCA) has named Nassau County Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan to its Board of Trustees. Prior to his current role, representing District 18, Lafazan was elected to the Nassau County Legislature in November 2017, becoming the youngest legislator ever to serve in the County. He was elected to the Syosset School Board of Education at the age of 18 in May 2012 and was re-elected in 2015.
In 2011, Lafazan founded Safe Ride Syosset, a community outreach program aimed at preventing adolescents from driving while intoxicated. In 2016, he became the recipient of the New York State School Board’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
“FCA’s Board of Trustees welcomes Joshua Lafazan with open arms. As FCA looks toward the future, it is crucial for us to gain insight and perspective from prominent leaders who represent the upcoming generation,” said Drew Crowley, Board Chair, FCA. “Josh’s deep understanding of the communities he has served and the issues they face comes from a wealth of experience and knowledge he has gained since a very young age, and it is clear that his values align well with FCA’s mission.”
Lafazan holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also the author of Political Gladiators: How Millennials Can Navigate the 21st Century Political Minefield and WIN!
“FCA is honored to appoint Joshua Lafazan to its Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, president/CEO, FCA of the appointment. “Josh is an inspiring leader who represents the future generation of Long Island with no hesitation to confront some of the biggest issues Nassau County is currently facing. I have had the pleasure of knowing Josh for several years and have witnessed his tremendous and ongoing efforts to curb the opioid crisis on Long Island. I believe Josh’s energy, passion and intellect, along with his agenda for Nassau County in 2018 will serve as a key asset to further FCA’s mission for years to come.”
“It’s my honor to join such a storied organization, with a decades-long track record of helping Nassau County’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Lafazan of his new role. “To serve alongside my longtime mentor—Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds—is a true privilege, and I am excited to get to work on behalf of the residents who need our help.”