Gail B. Nayowith is the Principal of 1digit LLC a project management and consulting practice that works with nonprofits, government and philanthropy to solve complex problems and build solutions that increase performance, impact and reach. 1digit is certified MWBE in New York City and New York State.
Gail Nayowith has a track record of accomplishment in leading vital organizations operating in dynamic urban environments and in securing policy wins in the health and human services sector. She is a trusted advisor, strategist, design and implementation partner with government, policymakers and health and human service sector leaders. Her 1digit portfolio includes nonprofit, government and philanthropic organizations from start-up and legacy operations to turnaround and whole system redesign.
Gail leads 1digit, a project management and consulting practice established in 2015. She started her career in New York City government and has led three nonprofit organizations: Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and SCO Family of Services. She also serves on the boards of the Kenworthy-Swift Foundation and Cities of Service and is a member of the New York City Board of Health where she chairs the Community Services Board. Gail publishes occasionally and speaks on matters of public policy, health and human services financing, child well-being and nonprofit management, performance and risk. She co-authored “The Nonprofit Risk Book: Finding and Managing Risk in Nonprofits and NGOs”, published by De|G Press.
Nayowith established 1digit, a project management and consulting practice, to help nonprofit organizations, philanthropy and government solve complex problems and build solutions that improve their performance, impact and reach. 1digit services focus on helping leaders align mission, resources and operations through strategic and sustainability planning, organization design, development of quality, performance and risk management systems, business and program development, and public policy solutions.
Recent projects include: strategic planning for The New York Foundling; health and behavioral health system development and implementation assistance for the South Carolina Department of Social Services foster care services; transition and operations planning for the Camden Coalition; building a performance and risk management system for Covenant House International; developing digital advocacy tools and a new human services coalition for the Human Services Council; prototyping a digital risk assessment for Community Resource Exchange; developing a criminal justice diversion and substance abuse treatment initiative for the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office; crafting a road map to expand quality pre-kindergarten for the City of Nashville; and, philanthropy advisement on programming, operations and strategy for the New York Women’s Foundation, the Sirus Fund and the Silverman Foundation.
Nayowith served for four years as the chief executive of SCO Family of Services, where she directed a $250 million regional network of 85 health and human service programs in 100 locations serving 60,000 children, youth and families. At SCO she worked to align mission, revenue and priorities and bring greater coherence to service, client and revenue mix; improve program operations and redesign clinical and residential services; position for Medicaid Managed Care; built central management infrastructure; completed a $27m debt refinancing and pension and retirement plan restructuring; spun off a technology company Fulton Street Software; and improved financial, business, quality improvement, compliance and risk management practice to support and reinforce a culture of accountability, quality and performance. During Gail’s tenure, SCO opened four early childhood education centers and two family child care networks, six non-secure placement sites for delinquent youth, two residential schools for students with special needs, one transfer high school, two Cornerstone community centers; closed poor performing, high cost shelter and social service programs; deepened roots in Brownsville, Brooklyn and secured COA and Praesidium accreditation.
Prior to joining SCO, Gail served for three years as founding Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund where she worked with the philanthropist founder to create a philanthropic vision and place-based grant making strategy. This included work with the NYC Mayor’s Office to build NYC Green Carts, the NYC Civic Corps and NYC Service (which has since been scaled and spun off by Bloomberg Philanthropies as Cities of Service) among other early accomplishments of a new foundation. The grant making approach included direct program support to cultural, educational and service institutions and the commissioning of public art projects as a public engagement strategy. The foundation produced a documentary film on street vendors and food deserts – The Apple Pushers with 50 Eggs Productions and a street vendor photography project and exhibition with Aperture; a nutrition-based interactive experiential learning exhibition and community education program at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan; an integrated hydroponic and aquaponics farming and culinary career development program at Food and Finance High School. While at LMTIF, Gail also developed the Joan H. Tisch Urban Public Health Fellowship, annual lecture and community health prize at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.
Gail served for 15 years as Executive Director of Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York transforming it into New York City’s premier child and family policy advocacy organization and securing significant policy, budget and legislative advances for children including: the NYC EITC; Child Care Tax Credit; NYS investments in children’s mental health services; developing a framework to settle the 25-year McCain litigation and working with NYC to design it’s family homelessness prevention services, build a new intake center in the Bronx and increase supports for homeless families with children; provide post-settlement implementation monitoring of city child welfare services at the conclusion of the Marisol Panel and resolution of issues arising from AIDS clinical trials with children in foster care. CCC lead the way in use of data and social media to advance children’s issues including the initiation of the Keeping Track of New York City’s Children database, mapping and publication.
Nayowith started her career in public service working in New York City government at the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services, Department of Health, Human Resources Administration and Health and Hospitals Corporation.