Board of Directors
The Members of NYCEDC are appointed by the Mayor and annually elect themselves to the Board of Directors.
Margaret Anadu, Chair
Margaret Anadu has devoted her career to investing that simultaneously drives strong financial returns and demonstrable positive impact on underserved individuals, families, and communities. She is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts on equitable access to capital, having invested over $10 billion across hundreds of transactions throughout the United States, and was named one of the most influential figures in US commercial real estate by Commercial Observer. Margaret is a trusted advisor to many senior government officials at the federal, state, and local levels on utilizing private capital to create more equitable communities. As an experienced investor and thought leader on public-private partnerships, Margaret is often asked to share her views, including appearances on CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and Yahoo Finance. She was named to “40 Under 40” lists by Fortune, Black Enterprise, and Crain’s.
Prior to joining the Vistria Group as a Senior Partner, Margaret was a partner at Goldman Sachs, where she was the global head of sustainability and impact for asset management and chair of the Urban Investment Group (UIG), the first impact investing platform at a major US financial institution and Goldman Sachs’ primary impact investing platform. Under her leadership, UIG’s portfolio primarily comprised of real estate, with a focus on workforce, affordable, and mixed-income housing, but also included investments in community facilities, educational space, industrial facilities, green infrastructure, student loans, small businesses, and minority-owned financial institutions. Margaret ultimately grew the business to $3 billion of equity and debt commitments annually.
As a leader with a clear understanding of the role market-based capital plays in addressing society’s greatest challenges, Margaret was the chief architect of the One Million Black Women investment strategy—Goldman Sachs’ $10 billion capital commitment to narrow opportunity gaps for Black women in the United States and, by extension, their families and broader communities. In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, she led the firm’s $2 billion relief effort for small businesses. Margaret serves on the boards of the Center for an Urban Future, the Low Income Investment Fund, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, New York Public Radio, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Africa Center.
Born in Houston, Texas, Margaret is a graduate of Harvard College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Ms. Aldebol is Vice President and Division Director of SEIU Local 32BJ. She directs field operations for the New York Metro Commercial and Schools Divisions, and is responsible for preparing and overseeing the budget of the Division, and oversees a team of field managers and field representatives. Ms. Aldebol is a graduate of Barnard College.
William A. Candelaria
Mr. Candelaria is the Assistant General Counsel for Treasury & Finance at Philip Morris International, Inc. (PMI), a NYSE-listed U.S. public company. As a leader of PMI's legal team, he supports PMI's business leaders and acts as a strategic legal advisor providing subject matter expertise on a broad range of financing and capital market issues. Mr. Candelaria has practiced law for over 26 years and was previously a partner at the law firm of DLA Piper LLP, in New York. In that capacity, he advised corporations, commercial and investment banks, private issuers, underwriters and family offices on bank and trade financings, debt and equity placements, restructurings and mergers and acquisitions in many sectors, including financial services and investment management, media and communications, food and beverage, hospitality, real estate and tourism, construction, infrastructure and transportation and oil and gas. He also brings extensive experience advising on cross-border financings in emerging markets. Mr. Candelaria has been a Director of NYCEDC since 2005.
Wilton Cedeno is a distinguished energy executive with over 30 years' experience in the energy industry, with responsibility for leading major technological, diversity and inclusion, and leadership growth and development initiatives both locally and nationally. He has been featured both in Fortune Magazine and The Wall Street Journal for his unique perspectives on leadership development. As Chairman Emeritus of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and a board member of the Brooklyn Technical High School Alumni Foundation, Wilton is committed to making a positive impact in the community and in the lives of young people through his dedication to such organizations, which provide scholarships, internships and pathways to success for our youth. Wilton is also the immediate past chair of the Dominican Day Parade and currently a member of the executive leadership team.
Costa Constantinides serves as Chief Executive Officer for the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, which serves over 4,000 young people per year. In his new role, Mr. Constantinides has helped secure millions in capital funding towards Variety's reimagined clubhouse that will serve 16,000 kids. In September 2021, he was appointed to the New York City Environmental Justice Advisory Board, as well as to the NYCEDC Board of Directors. Previously, he represented the New York City Council's 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria, Rikers Island, parts of Jackson Heights, Woodside, and East Elmhurst.
Mr. Constantinides is a nationally recognized expert on climate change. As chair of the Environmental Protection Committee from 2015 to 2021, he was committed to fighting the effects of climate change, particularly its effects on New York City's landscape, though sustainability, resiliency, and air quality were among his top environmental concerns long before he was sworn in. In April 2019, Mr. Constantinides led the effort to pass the historic Climate Mobilization Act, the largest carbon emissions reduction ever mandated by any city in the world. He also fought to pass and to finalize the Renewable Rikers Act in 2021, a vision to transform Rikers Island into a sustainable energy island that includes a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system, renewable energy, battery storage, and organics collection and reuse. In his 7+ years on the New York City Council, he passed 44 bills as the lead sponsor to combat climate change and its effects on New York City.
Mr. Constantinides was born, raised, and continues to reside in Astoria, Queens. He attended Queens College, where he now teaches as an adjunct lecturer in both the Political Science and Urban Studies departments. In 2010, he received his Juris Doctor from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, and he was admitted to the bar in 2014.
Dr. Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán
Dr. Cordero-Guzmán is a professor at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is also a professor in the Ph.D. programs in sociology and urban education at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Cordero-Guzmán has published academic research and taught graduate courses on issues related to education, labor markets and employment, non-profit organizations, microfinance, international migration, poverty, and inequality, economic and community development, race and ethnic relations, and social policy. Before joining The School of Public Affairs at CUNY, Dr. Cordero-Guzmán worked as a program officer in the Economic Development and the Quality Employment Units of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at The Ford Foundation. He received his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Chicago.
Mr. Draizin is the founder and President of the Concordia Philanthropic Fund whose mission is to support youth leadership initiatives primarily in the LGBTQ and Progressive political sectors. Previously he was the President of Longview Capital Advisors, a real estate investment and mortgage banking company. He is the co-founder and President of the CUNY LGBTQ Leadership Program, and he has created and volunteer teaches Financial Empowerment Workshops and classes at CUNY. Mr. Draizin serves on the boards of various nonprofits, including the Congressional Award Foundation, The New Leaders Council, the Williams Institute, Housing Rights Initiative, and the American LGBTQ+ Historic and Cultural Museum Project.
Robert E. Englert
Mr. Englert is the Director of Land Use, Planning, and Infrastructure at the Office of the Staten Island Borough President and a member of the Mayor’s Staten Island Growth Management Task Force. He is a registered architect in the states of New York and New Jersey. His professional experience includes the practice of architecture, urban design, site planning, interior design, space planning, and governmental approvals including NYC and NYS regulating policies and compliance for land use-related reviews. He was formerly President of the American Institute of Architects, Staten Island Chapter and Principal of Englert & Norton Architects and Scarano & Englert Architects. He received his undergraduate and professional degree in architecture from The City College of New York.
William S. Floyd
Mr. Floyd is head of external affairs for Google New York, leading Google’s government and regulatory interactions, public affairs programs, and community relations. Before joining Google, he was a member of the Law Offices of Claudia Wagner and a Senior Advisor in the Government and Regulatory Affairs Division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Mr. Floyd has served as Executive Director of the New York City Districting Commission and as Director of Community Affairs for New York and Connecticut for Verizon Communications Inc. He spent nine years working in New York City government, including at NYCEDC. He is an active member of several non-profit boards, including the Little Red/Elizabeth Irwin School and the Children's Museum of the Arts. Mr. Floyd is a graduate of Columbia University.
Mr. Hiltzik is the Founder and CEO of Hiltzik Strategies, providing a wide range of communications services including strategic counsel, crisis management, and corporate positioning. Hiltzik previously held roles as the President and CEO of Freud Communications and as Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations for Miramax Films. He also served as Press Secretary/Deputy Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Committee, having worked on campaigns for Sen. Charles Schumer and former Sen. Hillary Clinton. Mr. Hiltzik is a graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) at Cornell University and Fordham University School of Law.
James Katz was Deputy Borough President of Manhattan. He led key land use initiatives on behalf of Borough President Gale Brewer, served as a trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee of the New York City Employer Retirement System (NYCERS) and represented the Borough President and Manhattan residents on the boards of various parks conservancies and business improvement districts. Prior to joining the Borough President's Office, James served as an Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at NYCEDC. In that role, James was a senior officer of the corporation with responsibility for day-to-day management of the President's Office, the Strategic Investments Group (NYCEDC's mission-driven investing arm) and External Affairs Division.
A lawyer by training, James served previously as a Senior Advisor and Special Counsel to the New York State Attorney General. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School, a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor's from Brown University.
Andrew Kimball is President & CEO of New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he leads NYCEDC’s work growing an innovative and inclusive economy for all New Yorkers. Prior to his appointment in 2022, Andrew served as the CEO of Industry City, where he directed the transformation of the long-underutilized industrial facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Under his leadership, Industry City invested over $450 million in infrastructure and place-making initiatives, and grew thousands of jobs and hundreds of businesses, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Andrew previously served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, overseeing the transformation of the 300-acre former Naval ship-building facility into a national model for the creation of innovation-economy jobs, sustainability, and community partnerships. Prior to his time at the Navy Yard, Andrew served as director of operations for NYC2012, the privately funded bid to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to New York City, and as vice president of the New York Public Library.
Up until his appointment to NYCEDC, Andrew sat on numerous boards, including the Coro New York Leadership Center, where he served as chair; Prospect Park Alliance; Gowanus Canal Conservancy; Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Citizens Budget Commission; and the NYS Regional Economic Development Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and is a graduate of the Coro Public Affairs Fellowship program. A life-long New Yorker, Andrew lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife, Sarah Williams, and two children.
Tanya Levy-Odom is a Director on BlackRock's Investment Stewardship (BIS) team in the Americas. She has coverage responsibility for the Consumer Sector. BIS evaluates the corporate governance of companies in which BlackRock invests, including environmental and social factors material to a company's business operation. Prior to joining the BIS Americas team, Ms. Levy-Odom served as the Executive Director of Investor Relations for Time Inc. as well as the firm's Corporate Social Responsibility Officer. Prior to joining Time Inc., she was a Vice President and Domestic Equity Analyst for Alliance Bernstein, responsible for equity forecasting and stock recommendations in the Consumer sector. She earned her MBA in Finance from Fordham University and her undergraduate degree in Banking and Finance from Hofstra University.
Mr. Longani served as Chief Counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio. As Mayor de Blasio's chief problem solver, Mr. Longani advised the Mayor and City Hall on high profile and sensitive legal matters affecting the City, including police reform, economic development, affordable housing, and immigration. Most recently, he played a central role in the Administration's legal response to the historic issues confronting New York City during the COVID-19 crisis. Before joining the Administration, Mr. Longani served as Senior Counsel to Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Congress where he acted as the Democratic staff's lead investigator in several high profile investigations, including the Flint water crisis, the Department of State's rejection of the Keystone Pipeline application, and the Trump Administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Prior to his work in Congress, Mr. Longani served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, worked as a litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and clerked for judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Court. Mr. Longani holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and legal degrees from the University of Florida, Yale, and Oxford University (U.K.).
Mr. McSpiritt is a lawyer and non-profit director. He served as the first Chief Executive Officer for Archdiocesan Housing of the Archdiocese of New York, responsible for the housing work undertaken by Catholic Homes New York, a Catholic Charities affiliate. Catholic Homes New York is an owner and developer of affordable housing. Under his leadership at Catholic Homes, 400 new units of affordable family and senior units were completed and construction commenced on over 190 additional units of family and supportive housing, all in the Bronx. He had been Chief of the New York City Law Department's Economic Development Division, which plays a central role in advising and negotiating major development projects for the city. Before returning to the Law Department, where he previously had served in the Economic Development Division and as Deputy Chief of the Municipal Finance Division, Mr. McSpiritt was Corporate Vice President and General Counsel of the Phipps Houses Group, a non-profit developer, owner, and manager of affordable housing in New York City. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
Morris Missry is the Managing Partner of Wachtel Missry LLP and the Chair of its Real Estate Department. Long considered one of the most creative and knowledgeable attorneys in New York, Mr. Missry has been representing clients in real estate matters throughout the world for the past three decades. He has also acted as general counsel for a wide variety of prestigious, privately-held companies, representing them in a number of corporate transactions. Mr. Missry has worked closely with several developers, owners, REITs, private equity funds, investors and family-owned real estate businesses in all aspects of domestic and international commercial real estate transactions. He has successfully handled issues ranging from compliance with administrative regulations, land use and development issues, to the production and negotiation of intellectual property. In his private life, Mr. Missry is a committed civic leader and philanthropist, contributing to and advising numerous charities and public service organizations.
Patrick J. O’Sullivan, Jr.
Mr. O’Sullivan is a partner at Herrick, Feinstein, LLP where he advises clients on a range of real estate matters, including development projects, acquisitions and dispositions and financings. Prior to Herrick, Mr. O’Sullivan was a senior attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Previously, Mr. O’Sullivan served as Executive Vice President and Head of the Real Estate Transactions Group at NYCEDC for seven years. Prior to NYCEDC, Mr. O'Sullivan spent five years advising clients on corporate and securities law matters in private practice. Mr. O’Sullivan is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Janet Peguero is currently serving as the Bronx Deputy Borough President for Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. She also serves as the Bronx Borough Director for Amplify Her, an organization that works to increase the number of women in elected office. During the height of the pandemic, Janet served as a community organizer working with Bronx-based mutual aid groups and local small businesses to increase access to food and PPE.
Prior to joining the Bronx Borough President's office, Janet was an Associate at Constantinople & Vallone, a government relations firm, heavily focusing on and advocating for local nonprofits and affordable housing. Before that, at the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Janet served the communities that raised her as the Senior Rezoning Manager on citywide land use projects with a focus on the Bronx and Upper Manhattan, closely working with City Hall, local elected officials, community boards, and community partners. Her tenure at SBS began in the Division of Business Services managing pro bono services and leading the first-of-its-kind Commercial Lease Assistance program, offering free legal representation to commercial tenants.
Janet started her public career in the nonprofit sector with the Vance Center for International Justice, a division within the New York City Bar Association. There she organized a network of private law firms and encouraged the promotion and expansion of clearing houses aimed at bridging access to free legal services for civil society and non-profit organizations in Latin America and Africa. Janet is an EOP Alumna of SUNY Binghamton, holding a BA in Latin American and Caribbean area of Studies (LACAS) and Sociology with honors. She is a proud product of NYC's public-school education, and a 2019 fellow of the Council for Urban Professionals.
Anthony Perez is Deputy Chief of Staff at the New York City Council Speaker's Office where he serves as a strategic advisor on key legislation and on the Speaker's signature initiatives, and as a senior administrator helping to oversee the day-to-day operations of the City's legislative process. Mr. Perez is the former Executive Director of the Bronx Democratic Party and previously served in a number of senior roles at the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. A graduate of Union College, Mr. Perez was born in The Bronx and is a lifelong New Yorker.
Mark E. Russo
Mr. Russo is President of Russo Picciurro Maloy (RPM) Insurance Agency, Staten Island’s largest and oldest independent insurance agency established in 1886. RPM also provides commercial real estate and mortgage services throughout the Tri-State Area. Mr. Russo joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1994. He manages company relations as well as sales, marketing, and advertising.
Mr. Tebele is the founder and CEO of Digital Gadgets, a leading manufacturer and distributor of technology products. Prior to founding Digital Gadgets, Mr. Tebele was the President and CEO of RCS Computer Experience, a major retailer of consumer technology products with locations throughout New York City. Mr. Tebele has experience in many areas of the tech sector as well as retail and wholesale distribution and logistics. Mr. Tebele currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Safe Foundation, a not for profit based in New York City that helps individuals and their families recover from addiction problems.
Mr. Thamkittikasem is currently Senior Director of Ambulatory Operations and Optimization at NYU Langone Health. Prior to taking on this role, Mr. Thamkittikasem served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations for the City of New York in the de Blasio administration. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was designated the City’s Testing Czar, responsible for the development and implementation of the citywide testing strategy and operations, including creation of the city’s public school testing and reopening plans. He also supported the expansion of vaccination distribution across the city. Before that, Mr. Thamkittikasem served as the Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Correction, where he led many progressive reforms, including dramatically reducing the use of punitive segregation and increasing incarcerated individuals’ access to educational, job-preparation, and mental health programming in New York City jails. Prior to joining New York City government, Mr. Thamkittikasem co-founded and served as Managing Partner and Vice-President of Sentinel Strategy and Policy Consulting, where he provided strategic and operational guidance to a wide array of clients and developed a strong cohort of data analytic experts and products. The firm served public and private-sector clients in the U.S. and abroad. Previously, he served as Senior Policy Adviser to the Commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection and as Chief of Staff for its Office of Anti-Terrorism, where he directed various emergency response events and provided policy guidance in the development of international trade and security partnerships. His public service began in New York City, where he worked for the New York City Council. Mr. Thamkittikasem holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, a Master’s degree in Sociology from Stanford University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Relations, with Honors, from Stanford University.
Maria Torres-Springer is the NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development, charged with spearheading the administration’s efforts to strengthen and diversify its economy, invest in emerging industries, bolster small business, connect New Yorkers to family-sustaining jobs, and expand access to arts and culture. She previously was Vice President of US Programs at the Ford Foundation where she oversaw the foundation’s domestic grant making and made historic investments to support racial equity, workers’ rights, voting rights, and arts and culture across the country. As commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Maria focused on the production of housing for the city’s most vulnerable communities, while also launching several new programs to protect tenants’ rights. She led the implementation of Housing New York, a five-borough, 12-year plan to create or preserve 300,000 affordable homes; and she steered the financing of approximately 60,000 affordable homes. Earlier, as president and CEO of New York City Economic Development Corporation, Maria led the implementation of the new citywide ferry service and made major investments in key sectors of the city’s economy. She also spearheaded several neighborhood revitalization plans. Prior to that, as commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Maria prioritized efforts to raise wages and support women and immigrant-owned businesses and worked to prepare New Yorkers for 21st-century jobs. Maria earned her bachelor's degree in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University and a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
Ms. Woo is the chief of the Economic Development Division at the New York City Law Department. She joined the Law Department in the Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Division in 1995 and then moved to the Economic Development Division in 2001, where she became senior counsel in 2004 and then deputy chief in 2011. During her tenure in the Economic Development Division, Ms. Woo has worked on many complex real estate and other commercial transactions including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, the Hudson Yards development, and the management of the airports. Prior to the Law Department, Ms. Woo was a litigation associate at the firm of Mandel and Resnik. She has a JD from Fordham University School of Law.
Kathryn S. Wylde
Ms. Wylde is the President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit organization of the City’s business leaders dedicated to maintaining New York City as a center of world commerce, finance, and innovation. A graduate of St. Olaf College, she was also the founding President and CEO of the Housing Partnership Development Corporation.
Board & Committee Meetings
Get information about meetings for NYCEDC's Board of Directors, Executive, Real Estate and Finance, and other committees.
NYCEDC Board of Directors and Members Meetings
Meetings of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) Board of Directors will be held at 8:30 am (unless otherwise indicated) at the offices of NYCEDC at One Liberty Plaza, New York, NY 10006 on the dates listed below. Members meetings will take place in the same location, as indicated by "**" below. Members meetings start at 8:30 am, immediately followed by the directors meeting.
- June 21, 2022
- August 9, 2022
- September 30, 2022**
- November 15, 2022**
- January 31, 2023
- April 27, 2023
- June 13, 2023
Agendas for upcoming meetings will be posted within seven days of each meeting, whenever possible.
NYCEDC Executive Committee Meetings
Meetings of the Executive Committee of the NYCEDC Board of Directors will be held at 9 am (unless otherwise indicated) at the offices of NYCEDC at One Liberty Plaza, New York, NY 10006 on the following dates:
- June 21, 2022
- August 9, 2022
- September 30, 2022
- November 15, 2022
- December 20, 2022
- January 31, 2023
- March 14, 2023
- April 27, 2023
- June 13, 2023
Agendas for upcoming Executive Committee meetings will be posted within seven days of each meeting, whenever possible.
NYCEDC Real Estate and Finance Committee Meetings
Upcoming meetings of the NYCEDC Real Estate and Finance Committee will be held at 2 pm (unless otherwise indicated) at the offices of NYCEDC at One Liberty Plaza, New York, NY 10006 on the following dates:
- June 7, 2022 (Canceled)
- July 29, 2022 (moved from July 26, 2022)
- September 13, 2022 (Canceled)
- November 1, 2022
- January 18, 2023
- April 11, 2023
- May 3, 2023
Agendas for upcoming Real Estate and Finance Committee meetings will be posted within seven days of each meeting, whenever possible.
NYCEDC Audit Committee Meetings
Upcoming meetings of the NYCEDC Audit Committee will be held at 9 am (unless otherwise indicated) at the offices of NYCEDC at One Liberty Plaza, New York, NY 10006 (unless it is determined that the meeting should be held telephonically) on the following dates:
- September 27, 2021 - at 1:00 p.m. (moved from September 28, 2021 at 9am)
- January 27, 2022
- May 18, 2022 (moved from May 19, 2022)
- September 29, 2022
- January 30, 2023
- May 18, 2023
Agendas for upcoming Audit Committee meetings will be posted within seven days of each meeting, whenever possible.
Other NYCEDC Committees
Agendas for other upcoming committee meetings will be posted within seven days of each meeting, whenever possible.