Celeste Frye

Celeste Frye

Principal & CEO

Celeste co-founded Public Works Partners out of a passion to help mission-driven organizations increase their positive impact on local communities. She’s spent over 20 years helping to cultivate healthy communities and organizations. Specializing in developing programs grounded in data analysis and management practices, she helps organizations identify ways to improve program performance and measure impact and success. Celeste has led engagements on developing community-driven goals through facilitating processes and bringing different stakeholders together.


  • Previously a Senior Analyst at NYC Office of Management and Budget
  • At NYC Department of Small Business Services, she led the agency’s budget and human resources teams and launched large-scale business-based hiring and training initiatives
  • MS in Urban Planning from Cornell University
  • BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Graduate of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses and Coro Leadership New York

Outside of Public Works Partners

  • Member of the Regional Plan Association’s Connecticut Committee
  • Member of the alumni advisory board of the Coro New York Leadership Center
  • Served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco and speaks Berber
  • Loves to hike and explore new cities

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