John has served NYCID on multiple levels, including board chair. He has helped govern and steer the organization as it grew from humble beginnings, serving a few hundred people to, in 2023, serving nearly 10,000 people per year.
CEO Candace Gonzalez shared, “John isn’t just an expert in his field, he has proven to be a visionary leader who always listens, inspires, and especially guides NYCID and me toward success.”
Helping NYCID grow is not the only “good” John is focused on. Currently, he is co-leading Ironwood’s DEI council. Over the past two years, the company has expanded its focus to support community-based programs dedicated to combating racism and fostering greater cultural understanding. Under his leadership, the company is providing direct financial and human support to community charities, women-owned businesses, organizations supporting deployed service members, and organizations such as an AAPI community center and one focused on criminal justice reform.
John attributes growing up on Staten Island as where his worldview was shaped, and his most important life lessons were learned. He believes that “Staten Island is a unique community amongst many unique communities across NYC because its residents understand the importance of hard work, self-determination, and mutual support.”
For nearly 20 years, NYCID has benefited from John’s business acumen, and zeal, which in turn means our island and our city is better because of John.
I am a NYCID team member who rose through the ranks to my current station. Along the way, my interactions with John keep feeling seen, appreciated, and motivated to go out and do more for our community.
For these reasons and others not herein, John Minardo is awarded the inaugural Dominck J. Brancato Leadership Award.
See John’s professional biography here.