Grace Cosachov Protos

Grace Cosachov Protos is the Executive Director of the newly established Work Life office at NYU reporting to the Provost. In this role she will lead a team providing programmatic, educational and one-on-one consulting and resources to faculty and administrators at the University. The office will also look at policy solutions to work and personal life integration focusing on collaborating to champion a culture of care.

Formerly she was the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, an agency devoted exclusively to promoting the advancement of working women. Grace oversaw the implementation of policy, research and advocacy projects covering 22 states working closely with the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Office and White House initiatives. She and her team developed strong relationships with community-based organizations, for profit entities and federal, state and local government agencies to collaborate on various initiatives related to women’s work force issues.

Grace has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Social Work where she has taught courses on human resource leadership and management and board development. Prior to joining the Women’s Bureau, Grace was a senior vice president at MacKenzie Partners, Inc., a corporate advisory services firm, where she worked on corporate mergers, acquisitions and stakeholder identification and communications for clients who were Fortune 500 companies.

Grace hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s University.