Sean Pica, Executive Director
"Transformation is more than just the effect on an individual -- it's also the ripple effect on the prison community, the students families and the communities they return to."
Reporting to the Hudson Link Board of Directors, Sean Pica has overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, development, expansion and execution of Hudson Link's mission.
Mr. Pica joined Hudson Link's Board of Directors in 2004. He later transitioned to become the Executive Director in 2007. Under Sean's leadership, Hudson Link has grown from a 65 person college program operating inside one prison, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, to approximately 318 students enrolled in college programs at 4 New York State correctional facilities.
"My hope, when I took over as Hudson Link's Executive Director, was to positively affect as many lives as possible through higher education, both inside and outside the prison walls. Transformation is about the ripple effect on the prison community, the students families and the communities they return to."
Prior to joining Hudson Link, Mr. Pica was the Director of Club Access, a psychosocial clubhouse for adults with mental health disabilities, and a tenant advocate for the James Weldon Housing Projects in East Harlem.
Mr. Pica serves as a Senior Fellow with Mercy College's Center for Social and Criminal Justice, on the Service Providers Advisory Committee (SPAC) which collaborates on policy issues in the NYS Department of Corrections, on the Boards of Career Gear and Saving Our Society and as a facilitator for STRIVE Fatherhood Programs.
Mr. Pica earned his Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management from Nyack College, his Master's degree in Professional Studies from the New York Theological Seminary, his Master's degree in Social Work from Hunter College, and is currently an MBA student at Mercy College.
“He who opens a school door, closes a prison”