The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) is pleased to welcome Herbert W. Stupp as a new Advisory Board member with a highly distinguished record of public service.
Herbert W. Stupp’s career spans senior executive appointments in the Federal and City of New York governments, non-profit leadership, education, television journalism, and legislative and media relations. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at Baruch College (C.U.N.Y.).
In July 2009, he founded Herbert W. Stupp & Company Ltd. to provide high caliber assistance in government relations, communications, grants procurements, advocacy and media relations.
Stupp was previously Chief Executive Officer of Little Flower Children & Family Services of New York, a Catholic-affiliated non-profit organization licensed by the State of New York to provide residential and foster boarding home care and adoption services for children and teens, as well as residences for developmentally disabled adults. During his tenure as CEO, Stupp brought new programs to the $54 million agency, tackled nagging deficits, and garnered increased coverage in the electronic, print and Internet media.
In 2006, Stupp was elected by his chief executive peers at child welfare agencies across New York state to the Board of Directors of COFCCA, the Council of Family and Child Care Agencies. In 2007, Commissioner Stupp was appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer, at the recommendation of the State Senate, to serve on the Advisory Board of the William Hoyt Memorial Fund for Children & Families, a grant-making agency within the NY State Office of Children and Families.
From 1994 to 2002, Herb Stupp served as the fourth Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) and as a member of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s Cabinet. As Commissioner of the DFTA, Stupp supervised the largest Area Agency on Aging in the United States, managing a budget of over $250 million and overseeing programs that served 1.3 million elderly New Yorkers.
Commissioner Stupp was honored by organizations from a wide spectrum of New York City’s ethnic communities, including Americans of Puerto Rican, Jewish, African, Korean, Chinese, Hispanic, Italian, Caribbean, Polish and German descent. Stupp was also recognized in August 2002 by the President of Germany with the “Order of Merit, First Class,” presented by the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York.
Prior to becoming Commissioner of the NYC-DFTA, Stupp was Acting Regional Representative for U.S. Education Secretary Lamar Alexander. Based in New York City, Stupp was responsible for Federal Region II education initiatives throughout New York State, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Among his accomplishments, he initiated over 200 “America 2000” community partnerships, and persuaded business leaders, educators, elected officials, parents and local media to develop strategies to embrace the six National Education Goals.
From 1975 to 1981, before entering executive public service, Stupp was Editorial Director at WOR-TV in New York City, where his work was recognized with an “Emmy” award, two Freedoms Foundation awards, and citations from the New York State Broadcasters Association. Stupp was elected by his peers to the Board of Directors of the National Broadcast Editorial Association, where he helped to draft a “Code of Ethics” for TV and radio editorialists. He began his professional career as Legislative Assistant to State Senator Fred J. Eckert of Rochester, where even as a young staffer, he helped to shepherd major legislation to the Governor’s desk and into law.
Stupp earned his BA and MA degrees from St. John’s University. During his Federal service, he also taught at St. John’s University as an Adjunct Professor of Government and Politics. In 1996, his alma mater awarded him the President’s Medal, after which he was the Commencement Speaker at graduation ceremonies. In 2003, Stupp was again a commencement speaker at St. John’s University, this time at the Queens campus, keynoting the St. John’s College (Liberal Arts & Sciences) ceremony. He has also spoken at school commencements at Niagara University and Hunter College.
Commissioner Stupp has served on the Operating Committee of the German-American Steuben Parade for 13 years. He was on the Board of the United-German American-Committee of the USA and a “Committee of 1000” member, but strongly advocates for “the much more effective GAMHOF strategy” to advance a better appreciation of the contributions of German immigrants to the U. S.
Mayor Giuliani frequently asked Herb Stupp to represent him at meetings and events that featured the top leaders of the German-speaking world. Among the key individuals that Commissioner Stupp met with officially are former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel, German President Richard von Weizsacker, German President Johannes Rau, various Governors of German States, Federal Ministers and the Mayors of Hamburg, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, many other cities, as well as Bundestag members and other elected and appointed leaders.
In 1982, Stupp was named as one of 20 American “Young Leaders” to participate in an annual conference then sponsored by the American Council on Germany and Atlantik-Bruecke. He has been an active member of the American Council on Germany since 1982.
A lifelong New Yorker and the son of immigrants from Berlin and the Cologne suburbs, Stupp lives in New York City with his wife, Judy, and their two children, Matthew and Catherine-Angelika.