Margarette Tropnas is a Haitian Community Activist and a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW). She is the Board President of Social Tap, Inc./The Haiti Initiative. A non-profit offering those who are interested in volunteering the Opportunities to utilize their skills, passion and expertise to help target and positively impact the lives of those we serve locally and to directly support International Initiatives in Haiti.
Margarette recently accepted employment with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to continue to help with the recovery of many communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. She has volunteered with United Way of New York City, City Council Sandy Relief Efforts, Transit Forward Coalition, TWU local 100.org and United Neighborhood Services (UNS) providing relief efforts to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Margarette is a former employee of Mental Health Association of New York City’s (MHA-NYC), a non-profit agency dedicated to public education, advocacy, and community base services for children, youth and adults. MHA-NYC uses innovative services in Mental Health to link families in crisis. Margarette is the former Executive Director of Dwa Fanm (Women’s Rights in Haitian Creole), a Human Rights Organization serving survivors of domestic violence. She had increased public awareness and expanded service offerings for survivors; secured $400K in funding that prevented an agency shutdown; reduced monthly operating costs from $10K to $4.1K; a Human Rights Coordinator, she promoted human rights initiatives in the communities that we serve. Ms. Tropnas has provided training and information to Police Officers at various Precincts in Brooklyn. Margarette was also the Assistant Executive Director of the Flatbush Haitian Center (FHC), a community-based, non-profit organization in Brooklyn, which had assisted newly arrived immigrant families, and individuals in navigating the system, by working collaboratively with other service providers in the community to help families improve their lives. Margarette had worked at FHC for twenty years providing various services to the Haitian community.
A native of Haiti, Margarette has more than 20 years of experience in the field of child welfare, serving in various roles and capacities, including clinical social work, case management, administration, leadership development, supervision and training of staff and interns, program design and development, client recruitment, community outreach and evaluation to assure program quality. She has run a program for women in shelters; for seven years, directed the New Hope Outreach (shelter) Ministry at her church, The Brooklyn Tabernacle. Her communication skills have proven valuable in the extensive multicultural trainings that she has provided.
Margarette is a graduate from SUNY, Stony Brook, where she received a BS in Psychology, in 1983; in 1989, she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. In June 2011, Margarette completed, The NY-Haitian Leadership Fellowship Program sponsored by CAUSE-NY/JCRC-NY, UJA Federation of New York and participated in the planning and recruitment committee of New Fellows for the Project. Margarette was one of the recipients of United Way Executive Fellows Program and Fordham Executive Leadership for non-profit Leaders. Ms. Tropnas has received many honors. She is a Long-time Field Instructor, Adjunct Associate (professor) for New York University School of Social Work. She was named Extra Ordinary Women of 2010 by DA Hynes and Field Instructor of the year 2010 by NYACK College, Department of Social work and in 2011 by Long Island University. Margarette is also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Office of Children and Family Services for a Domestic Violence Forum. She was recognized with a Proclamation by the City Council of New York City and with an Appreciation Award from the Haitian-American Psychiatric Association & the 100 Haitian Women of Distinction Award. In 2012, Margarette received a Certificate of Appreciation from the New York Police Department for devoted service and dedication to the community, and for providing cultural sensitive training to various precincts. Margarette also received the Medgar Evers Community Service Leadership Award and Women Celebrating Women Award.
Margarette was featured in several articles, radio and TV interviews sharing her experiences and talking against exploitation of women and young girls. At present, Margarette is a Board member of United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), Brooklyn’s Chapter; she also serves on the Advocacy and Special Events Committees. Margarette served on the Board of Voice of the Children of Haiti, Arthur Ashes Institute Community Advisory Board, Brooklyn Hospital’s Program for AIDS Treatment and Health (The PATH Center), Home Health Care Advisor for NY Congregational Nursing Center, the Council of Community Organization at Maimonides Medical Center, and Haitian Flag Day Planning Committee. She has participated in several panel discussions around human rights issues and gender based violence against women. She has participated in the Yale Alumni Haiti Task Force Panel discussion on Human Rights in Reconstruction Haiti as well as the Haitian Mental Health Forum at SUNY Downstate. On Jan. 12th 2013, the 3rd anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake CapraCare honored Margarette Tropnas at their 3rd Annual Show Your Love for Haiti event presenting her with an award for her leadership role as President of the Board of Social Tap, Inc.’s The Haiti Initiative!