The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation welcomes Nicolas Polet as the organization’s first Director of Public Policy.
In this new leadership role, Polet will work with stakeholders across New York State to expand the Foundation’s ability to align with public policy developments and optimize its grantmaking to support vulnerable communities.
Polet brings over a decade of experience working in diplomacy and public policy, most recently serving as Deputy Representative and Director of Public Affairs at the Delegation of Flanders based in New York. In this role, he represented Flanders, Belgium to the United States and at the United Nations.
“This is a great opportunity to contribute to making a positive difference across New York State,” said Polet. “In just a few short years, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation has demonstrated a tremendous impact in addressing health disparities, at a time when communities have needed support the most.”
The Foundation continues to bring in an array of voices and backgrounds to respond to the evolving philanthropy landscape and changing needs of vulnerable communities. In June, the Foundation added Marcos Crespo, Senior Vice President of Community Affairs at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and former State Assemblymember, to its Board of Directors. Additionally, the Foundation expanded its executive leadership team, naming Anupa Fabian its first Chief Evaluation and Learning Officer.
Before his time with the Delegation of Flanders, Polet worked in financial services at a Fortune 500 company. He is also the Chair of the Ghent University Alumni Association in New York City and Advisory Council Member at the United War Veterans Council. In 2006, he graduated with an M.A. in History at Ghent University with a focus on Belgium’s colonial past, after which he obtained a Master in Business Economics at the same institution. Nicolas lives in Harlem with his wife and young son.