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Maria Torres-Springer Takes The Helm As NYCEDC President

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We are thrilled to welcome Maria Torres-Springer back to NYCEDC!

After being appointed President and CEO last month, Maria Torres-Springer steps into her new role at NYCEDC today.

Maria comes to NYCEDC from her post as Commissioner of the City’s Department of Small Business Services, where she focused the agency’s work around three key pillars: creating good jobs, stronger businesses, and a fairer economy.

From overseeing first-of-its kind initiatives like SBS’s Tech Talent Pipeline and the City’s Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC) program, to spearheading efforts to raise the wage floor and open the door for minority and women-owned businesses and enterprises (M/WBEs), Maria has continually proven her commitment to creating a dynamic economy that works for all New Yorkers.

“Maria has a proven track-record opening doors for New Yorkers and working closely with businesses to grow our economy," said Mayor de Blasio. "We are proud to have her lead NYCEDC."

"Maria will focus on growing vital sectors in our economy and preparing New Yorkers to seize those opportunities so that they can be a part of our economic success story."

- Mayor de Blasio

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At last year's Citywide Procurement Fair, Maria stands beside Mayor de Blasio and Senior Counsel Maya Wiley. Photo Credit: NYC Department of Small Business Services

Maria is the first woman to lead NYCEDC, where she will advance the administration's economic development agenda, positioning NYC as a global capital of inclusive innovation and working to unlock the city’s human capital to help businesses thrive.

“It is an enormous privilege to serve as president of NYCEDC. Our city is powered by the strongest economic engines in the world, and I am thrilled to advance an economic development agenda that fights inequality and helps lift up every New Yorker.”

- Maria Torres-Springer

Maria was the first in her family to go to college in the United States, receiving her bachelor's degree in ethics, politics and economics from Yale and a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The second of six siblings, Maria spent several years living in the Philippines as a kid, moving back to the States before high school.

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Maria, pictured with NYCHA Food Business Pathways graduate, Sherry, at this year's graduation ceremony. Photo Credit: NYC Department of Small Business Services 

Her story, she has said, is typical of the immigrant experience: her parents came to the United States with the hope of providing their children with better opportunities. These early experiences served as Maria’s inspiration to succeed in life.

“Everything that I have done or tried to do is formed by that experience. I want to make sure that families of New York have the same opportunities that I had despite the struggles,” she told Asian Journal Magazine.

Today, Maria lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Welcome back to NYCEDC, Maria!

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