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Mayor appoints new EDC board members

The de Blasio administration today announced the appointment of ten new members to New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors.

The appointees, who include business, community, nonprofit and academic leaders, will join the organization’s 27-member board, which helps to guide NYCEDC’s agenda.

As the City’s primary economic development vehicle, NYCEDC leverages the City’s assets to create good jobs and drive growth, ensuring equitable and sustainable development across all five boroughs.

“Right now, New York City is experiencing the strongest job growth in two decades. Through the NYCEDC we are working to invest in fast-growing sectors like bio-tech, advanced manufacturing and life-sciences, and making sure that New Yorkers can participate in the next great economic chapter of our city. We are honored to have these new leaders from tech companies, non-profits and academia join our team as we invest in the human capital, infrastructure and space needs to drive a fair and strong economy,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

David Lichenstein
David Lichtenstein

“The NYCEDC Board plays an important role in establishing crucial projects to catalyze inclusive innovation in our city,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “I look forward to partnering with this accomplished and talented team to create an equitable and sustainable economy for New Yorkers from all five boroughs.”

The new members of NYCEDC’s Board of Directors are:

William S. Floyd is head of external affairs for Google New York, leading Google’s government and regulatory interactions, public affairs programs, and community relations.

Wilton Cedeno is the Director of State Regulatory Affairs for Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison).

Matthew Hiltzik is the Founder and CEO of Hiltzik Strategies, which provides communications services including strategic counsel, crisis management, and corporate positioning.

Pam Kwatra is President of Kripari Marketing where she serves as a link between major American corporations and the Indian community.

David Lichtenstein is chairman and CEO of The Lightstone Group, one of the largest privately held real estate companies in the United States.

Lichtenstein is a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, a Member of the Real Estate Roundtable and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee.

He is a founder of the Friendship House, an organization that provides housing for families of sick children and adults in the Greater New York City area.

Lynn B. Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.

Dr. Gail O. Mellow has served as President of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City since 2000.

Fred Heller is owner of Team Systems, a family-owned and operated taxi fleet and garage in Long Island City.

Timothy A. Wilkins is a corporate partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he advises leading U.S. and international corporations on cross-border mergers and joint ventures.

Mark Patricof is Managing Director and Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Technology, Media & Telecom Group, where he advises technology, telecom, media, entertainment, and gaming companies.

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