Seth W. Pinsky was appointed President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2008, seven months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers ushered in one of the most significant economic downturns in generations. Since then, Seth has responded to the crisis by re-evaluating the agency’s strategy, seeking to position the City as the global center for innovation in the 21st Century.
During his tenure, Seth has also helped to negotiate the City’s involvement in some of the most complex development projects in recent years. These include the World Trade Center, the acquisition of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governor’s Island, as well as the creation of two new world-class academic institutions: an applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island with Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and an NYU-led consortium in Downtown Brooklyn that will focus on the critical challenges facing cities.
An attorney by training, prior to joining NYCEDC, Seth was an associate at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and a financial analyst at James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated. Seth is a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School.