John Scicchitano

Public, private, and philanthropic partnerships for emergency preparedness and response; food security; water and sanitation; community resilience; clean energy equity for low income populations

The World Within Reach
John Scicchitano
Adjunct Instructor



John Scicchitano currently serves as a Director at The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, NYSERDA. In this capacity, John promotes synergy between the ambitious energy investments of New York State, and external private, nonprofit, and governmental partners. John previously served in an appointment at the United States Department of Agriculture, managing global hunger activities in the Office of Food for Peace. He has also served at USAID in the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, and with the non-profit organizations World Vision, World Relief and the International Rescue Committee. Over 15 years of his career were spent in Africa in Burkina Faso, Chad, Senegal, Burundi, Rwanda, and Kenya. Prior to his international assignments, John worked as an Environmental Engineer with the global consulting firm Environ. John has an Executive Masters in Leadership from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University. He is also recognized by the United Nations Roster of Experts for the following domains: participatory planning, community development, partnership among stakeholders and policies and strategies.

CEHC Courses Taught

CEHC 399 - International Humanitarian Aid

CEHC Areas of Expertise

Emergency Preparedness and Response

CEHC Research Interests

Public, Private, and Philanthropic Partnerships for emergency preparedness and response
Domestic and international food security
Water and sanitation: challenges, solutions, and resources
Community Resilience: how renewable energy can build resilience to disasters
Clean energy equity for low income populations

Special Opportunities for Students

Exploring career opportunities in international relief and development