Susan Constantino is the former President & Chief Executive Officer of Constructive Partnerships Unlimited (CP Unlimited), formerly United Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (UCP of NYS), a $250M non-profit organization working to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve fulfilling lives.
Susan has had a remarkable career spanning 33 years of dedicated service to UCP. As President and CEO since 2004, Susan led programs and services operated by the Association in New York City as well as the state association, CP of NYS, and has worked tirelessly with legislative and governmental agencies to ensure that public policy had a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
Constructive Partnerships Unlimited separated from CP of NYS in 2019 to become its own independent affiliate with Susan leading both organizations simultaneously. Today, Constructive Partnerships Unlimited remains closely associated with CP of NYS as well as with its affiliate co- agencies located throughout the state. Under Susan’s leadership, CP Unlimited sharpened its focus in advocating for and supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the greater New York Metro area. The organization continues to offer a wide variety of expertise and direct services based on the unique needs of each local population, including options for community living, day activities, vocational and employment programs, medical and clinical services, recreational, and family support services. CP Unlimited is also working with other partners to expand their offerings in all these essential areas.
Susan’s earlier experience includes serving as Director of Children’s Services for Aspire of Western New York where she was active on many county and state committees on issues affecting children with disabilities. She started her career as a special education teacher and before working at Aspire, Susan focused on the development of Early Intervention and Preschool programs for young children and their families. Today, Susan is widely recognized as a thought leader in the field and currently serves on many governmental task forces, councils, and statewide committees to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Throughout her career, she received numerous national and state honors: In 2020, the National Historical Recognition Project recognized Susan for her overall contribution to the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through Public Policy. This January, Senator John Mannion highlighted Susan’s many accomplishments on the floor of the New York State Senate in a special recognition.