calle colombia - 82nd STThe 82nd Street Partnership Board of Directors announces the selection of Leslie A. Ramos as its new Executive Director. Ramos has extensive experience working with small businesses, City agencies and the Latino community. She brings a wealth of knowledge in economic as well as community development practices to the Partnership.

Ms. Ramos was hired by the Board after a two month long nation-wide search, application, and interview process.

“The Board is excited to have Leslie on as the new director; her background and experience are impressive, and we look forward to working with her in addressing neighborhood issues. She is eager to work hands-on with 82nd Street stakeholders and the community at large.” John Rapp, 82nd Street Partnership Board President.

“Ms. Ramos brings strong leadership and understanding of business, community and government, a perfect combination for the job. Her hiring is a win for the community, and I am confident in her abilities to properly guide and represent the 82nd Street Partnership.” Council Member Julissa Ferreras.

Leslie A. Ramos’ career has been highlighted by efforts to foster economic growth by supporting and overseeing community, business, and housing development programs within the City of New York.

“It’s an honor to join the 82nd Street Partnership. To work within such a multicultural and booming community in Jackson Heights is an exciting opportunity. I look forward to continue strengthening the 82nd Street business enclave, which represents the entrepreneurial spirit and diversity of our City.”

In her previous position as Assistant Commissioner for Finance at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, she oversaw HPD’s $580 million operating budget and $7.5 billion 10-year capital plan, which included construction and preservation of 165,000 housing units.

She has served as the executive director of the Mayor’s Office for Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses, where she was responsible for attracting and retaining industrial and manufacturing businesses. She worked closely with industry advocates, trade organizations, the City’s network of Local Development Corporations and government agencies to provide services and support to the City’s manufacturing sector.

She began her career at the New York City Office of Management and Budget, where she was responsible for overseeing all City agencies responsible for the economic prosperity of the City, including the Department of Small Business Services, the Economic Development Corporation, and the Department of City Planning.

Ms. Ramos is a member of the Latina Leadership Forum’s founding committee. And a former board member of Latina PAC, a political action committee devoted to addressing political and socio-economic issues affecting the Latino community and the engagement of Latinas in the American political process.

“As a small business owner, I am delighted with Leslie’s qualifications and to have her representing us. She has the experience needed to support small businesses and help us grow as a community in general. I’m confident in knowing that Leslie is here to lead us, but most importantly to express our concerns to the City and advocate on behalf of the neighborhood.” Lily Urzua, owner of Urzua Queens Center of Performing Arts.

Leslie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s Degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.