This week Mayor Bill De Blasio appointed Maria Torres-Springer as the new Commissioner of SBS. ?Ms. Torres-Springer is a former executive vice president and chief of staff at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
“?I look forward to ensuring that every small business owner ? no matter where they are from, where they live or what they look like ? has access to the resources they need to succeed,” she said in a prepared statement.
About Maria Torres-Springer:
Maria Torres-Springer has a demonstrated record of expanding small business opportunities, with a history of building relationships with community, government and private businesses to support economic development projects throughout New York City.
Torres-Springer?s experience collaborating with local communities began when she worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a nonprofit focusing on bringing together community organizations and stakeholders with private and public resources to help revitalize neighborhoods based on locally-defined priorities.
More recently, Torres-Springer served as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she oversaw the development and implementation of more than 100 initiatives designed to support innovation and entrepreneurship across all industries.
From directing the revitalization of a 27-acre district and surrounding area in Coney Island and creating an amusement and entertainment district, to helping lead the Applied Sciences NYC initiative, spurring new applied science and engineering campuses across New York City, Torres-Springer has continually proven her commitment to creating a dynamic city economy that works for all New Yorkers. Torres-Springer has also served at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Rebuilding as a Senior Policy Advisor and as the Chief Operating Officer of Friends of the Highline