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Xiao Ling Zhu, Vice President, Business Operations, Asset Management

Xiao Ling Zhu

Why was the mission of NYCEDC important to you?

New York City is my favorite city in the world (and you could say I’ve travelled a bit—so it’s not just because I’ve spent most of my life growing up here). I love it and I’m here to stay. With that said, naturally I find NYCEDC’s mission to be so important. I love seeing how the city continues to change and grow. I love sight-seeing, watching neighborhoods develop, supporting small businesses, and people-watching in the streets. I am immensely proud of all that NYCEDC has done to continue to shape the city I call home.

When did you join the company? What’s your day-to-day role?

I joined the company in the summer of 2016. First, I was in the FP&A (Financial Planning & Analysis) team in the Budget department and then I transferred over to the Asset Management division. I currently lead the Strategic Analytics team, which is a small team where I get to deal with all things financial within the division. I consider spreadsheets to be my best friend and my worst enemy… depending on the time of day.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job? And the most challenging?

I would definitely say that the most rewarding and challenging part of my job is working with a variety of different teams. Let me start off by saying that I love planning things out and organizing stuff, so being able to work with a lot of teams allows me to take into account and consider many moving parts—which is very fun for me. I also know that I am contributing and impacting the work of many different folks, and I have the ability to make their jobs a lot easier by managing those processes.

What surprised you most when you joined NYCEDC?

The people. The people at NYCEDC… good grief, I am in awe of some of the people I’ve met here. They are some of the most interesting, exciting, friendly, nice, and (insert other positive qualities) people I’ve ever met. I came in expecting to be focused on my career, but gosh… I’ve also made some lifelong friends.

How has working for NYCEDC changed your perspective on NYC?

It has really opened my eyes to the city—you know when you never really notice something until someone else mentions it? Then once you learn about it, you can’t really stop seeing or noticing it? I’ve learned so much about the various neighborhoods and I am in awe of how big our city really is.

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