Vincent W. Colonno’s human service career started more than four decades ago when he went to work for Albany County Department of Social Services. It was during his service there that he worked to get a Bachelor’s degree in Community and Human Services at SUNY/Empire State College, which he then supplemented with a Master of Science in Public Administration from Russell Sage College.
In 2000, Vince was appointed the Commissioner for the Albany County Department for Aging. During his nearly eight years leading the Department for Aging, Vince accomplished a lot with a small budget, and has credited having a talented and dedicated staff in the Department of Aging with being able to accomplish so much for seniors in Albany County.
In 2007, Vince moved back over to the County’s Social Services Department, where he served as the County Commissioner, overseeing numerous programs and functions helping families. After four years in that role and 37 total years serving the people of Albany County, Vince joined Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany as Chief Executive Officer, where he was the first layperson to hold the job. At Catholic Charities, Vince continues to do what he’s always done – serve people in need. He is proud to be working where he is able to directly impact the lives of more than 100,000 people in the 14-County Diocese annually through an array of human services offered by Catholic Charities, including specialized services and programs focused on improving quality of life for children and families.
In addition to his professional work in the public and non-profit sector, Vince has donated his time to serve on many boards of directors over the years. Currently he serves on the boards of SEFCU, St. Anne’s Institute, St. Catherine’s Center for Children, and the Avila Retirement Community. In spite of a busy career and full volunteer schedule Vince believes in the importance of putting family first, and he enjoys spending time with his wife Linda, their two children, and two grandchildren. He is also an avid Giants and Yankees fan, and enjoys local college basketball.