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Kyle Kimball has served as President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) under Mayor Bill de Blasio since January 2014. As President, Kyle leads NYCEDC’s continued efforts to position New York City as the global center for innovation and to increase economic empowerment and mobility for all New Yorkers.
Kyle was first appointed NYCEDC President by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2013. Since joining NYCEDC in 2008, Kyle has helped to develop and implement NYCEDC’s strategy to strengthen the City’s economy. NYCEDC’s economic transformation agenda includes an aggressive slate of programs aimed at helping legacy industries transition to 21st Century business models, attracting promising new industries, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing new career paths that expand and strengthen New York’s middle class in order to ensure that the City is well positioned to thrive in today’s dynamic economy. The dozens of initiatives aimed at advancing this economic transformation strategy include incubators across the five boroughs that support small businesses; programs that train low-income and immigrant New Yorkers to access high-quality jobs; and an Early-Stage Life Sciences Funding Initiative that will accelerate the growth of the City’s emerging life sciences ecosystem.
Beyond working to overhaul and grow the City’s economy, Kyle’s efforts have also included overseeing billions of dollars in capital investments ranging from basic infrastructure improvements to new parks and streetscapes across the City, as well as implementing several of the City’s most ambitious area-wide redevelopment projects in recent years, bringing new housing, infrastructure, and job opportunities to neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. These projects include, for example, the remediation of more than 20 acres of contaminated land in Willets Point, Queens, and the creation of a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood there; the transformation of the Bronx’s long-vacant, iconic Kingsbridge Armory into the world’s largest indoor ice facility; and the building of the tallest observation wheel in North America, along with a retail complex and hotel, on Staten Island’s North Shore. In addition, Kyle has played a key role in shaping the historic Applied Sciences NYC initiative, leading to the creation of four new applied science and engineering campuses, including one being developed by Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology on Roosevelt Island, a campus being developed by a consortium led by NYU in Downtown Brooklyn focusing on the challenges facing cities, a new institute for data sciences at Columbia University, and a program focusing on the intersection of art and technology being developed by Carnegie Mellon University in Brooklyn.
Prior to his appointment as President, Kyle served as Executive Director of NYCEDC, where he oversaw the operating, financial, and external affairs divisions of the organization. Kyle previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer after overseeing the Real Estate Transaction Services Group, where he negotiated complex real estate deals on behalf of the City.
Kyle previously worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a Vice President and at J.P. Morgan, also as a Vice President. Kyle is a graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in Government. He received his Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.