About CCE

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Vanessa Lockel, Executive Director
vl332@cornell.edu

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Our Executive Director

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE Suffolk) welcomed Vanessa Pino Lockel, of Miller Place, as executive director in September of 2020. Ms. Lockel has worked with Suffolk County and NY State entities for over 20 years, most recently as Director of Government and Community Affairs at the MTA-Long Island Rail Road as part of the Governor’s transition team supporting the consolidation of the MTA.

Ms. Lockel’s expertise in community engagement and government relations parallels CCE Suffolk’s mission. She believes in inclusive collaboration, public engagement, transparency and responsiveness in tending to the needs of Suffolk County.

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About CCE

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is a non-profit community education agency established in 1917. We are affiliated with Cornell University as part of the national land grant university system started in 1862. CCE Suffolk is a subordinate governmental agency with an educational mission that operates under a form of organization and administration approved by Cornell University as agent for the State of New York. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. Each Cornell Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that is governed by an elected Board of Directors with general oversight from Cornell. All associations work to meet the needs of the counties in which they are located as well as state and national goals.

We are educators, researchers, specialists and support personnel who are dedicated to making Suffolk County a desirable place to live and work. CCE's professional team helps preserve our county's vast heritage, protect our eco-systems, support families and provide our youth opportunities for community service and research-based education in science, technology, engineering and math. (STEM)

Our experts offer local and affordable skill training for educators, youth leaders, human service personnel, and parents. Our Family Health and Wellness educators help strengthen families and address critical issues facing them today. These programs have a cost/savings benefit for organizations throughout the county. We work directly with farmers and fishermen who rely on our research, guidance and assistance to protect the environment and to promote the economic health of these vital heritage industries. Our 4-H Youth Development programs and camps get thousands of Suffolk youth "unplugged" and out into their communities while participating in fun, hands-on learning activities taught by professionals.

To accomplish our mission, we partner with all levels of government, Cornell University, non-profits, and community groups.


Cornell Cooperative Extension is funded in part by Suffolk County through the office of the County Executive and the County Legislature.

Last updated July 20, 2022