Joseph Benincasa | Actors Fund

Joseph Benincasa

Joseph P. Benincasa
Mr. Benincasa is the President and CEO of The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that helps everyone in entertainment and the performing arts. He joined The Fund in 1989.

Mr. Benincasa directs comprehensive social services, health care services, employment and training, and affordable, supportive and senior housing. The Actors Fund’s headquarters are in New York City with regional offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, a nursing home in Englewood, NJ, and supportive housing residences in Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY, and West Hollywood, CA. He is also President of the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation which is building affordable, supportive and senior care residences for artists in major urban centers.

He serves on the boards of directors of several organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Learning Ally, the Human Services Council, National Executive Service Corps, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Theatre Communications Group, Times Square Alliance and the Somerset Patriots, a minor league baseball team. He is also member of the Columbus Foundation, Lambs and Friars' Clubs, and has been recognized with several honors, including The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, Tony Honors Award, New Jersey Legislature Excellence in Arts and inaugural Made in New York Awards. He has chaired the New York Society of Association Executives, served as Secretary/Treasurer of the MusiCares Foundation (Grammys) and as a member of the Tony Administration and Nominating Committees, Board of Directors of St. Peter's University Medical Center, Bio-Reference Laboratories and YMCA of New York City.

He has lectured on not-for-profit management at Duke University and is currently mentoring five graduate students at the Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leaders. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Centenary College and served on the New York State Attorney General’s Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization.

Mr. Benincasa graduated from St. Joseph's University, earned a Masters from Rutgers University and attended the Graduate Business School at Fordham University. Prior to joining The Fund, he staffed Congressman John Culver (D-Iowa) and directed the Title 7 Bilingual Education Program (New Brunswick, NJ) (1973 and 1974), and directed communications for the United Ways of Tri-State and Miami (1975 to 1980), and for the New York Blood Center (1980 to 1988). He is incredibly proud of how The Actors Fund helps everyone in the Creative Community.