Irfan Hasan directs The New York Community Trust’s Healthy Lives grant program with oversight for health, behavioral health, and biomedical research grants. He is also responsible for $10 million in donor-designated grants for nonprofits nationwide. Irfan co-chaired the human services grantmaking committee of The Trust’s $110 million multi-funder NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund to respond to the pandemic. He also developed emergency grants in response to Hurricane Sandy, the economic downturn of 2008/2009, and the September 11th Fund’s $75 million health and mental health program. Before joining The Trust, he oversaw programs at Greater Boston Rehabilitation Services (now part of Viability) to help people with disabilities and other barriers to employment get and keep jobs.
In addition to Grantmakers In Health, Irfan serves on the board of Philanthropy New York, is co-chair of the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Funder Network, a member of Philanthropy New York’s Health Working Group, a member of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (North American Region), and an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Previously, he served as a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Community Service Board, a member (and board chair) of the Disability Funders Network, a board member of BoardStrong, and co-chair of the United States Student Selection Committee for the United World Colleges. Irfan earned a master’s in public administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a bachelor’s in sociology from Northeastern University.