Board of Directors

The Corporation is governed by a board of directors comprising two ex-officio members and seven members appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate. The chair of the Empire State Development Board is selected by the governor. Board members serve without compensation. 

Howard A. Zemsky, Chair Emeritus
Larkin Development Group, Managing Partner
Designated Chair Emeritus – July 23, 2020

Eric J. Gertler, Director
Confirmed – June 20, 2018

Hilda Rosario Escher, Director
Confirmed - June 16, 2015

Cesar A. Perales, Director
Former Secretary of State of New York
Confirmed - June 17, 2016

Adrienne A. Harris, Ex Officio Director
NYS Department of Financial Services, Acting Superintendent
As of September 13, 2021

Sherry A. Glied, Director
Dean, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service - New York University
Confirmed - June 7, 2021

Michael K. Rozen, Director
Managing Partner, TRGP Investment Partners, LP
Confirmed - June 7, 2021

Board meetings

The board typically meets the third Thursday of every month. Click here to access the Board Meetings page.

ESD Executive Management Team

Kevin Younis – Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner
Richard Newman – Chief of Staff and EVP, State Marketing Strategy
Rhoda Glickman – SVP, Film, Arts and New Media Development
Jeff Janiszewski – SVP, Strategic Business Development/Global NY 
Ed Hamilton – EVP, Administration
Elaine Kloss – Chief Financial Officer
Holly Leicht – EVP, Real Estate Development and Planning
Pravina Raghavan – EVP, Small Business Services and Community Economic Development
Jerome A. DuVal – EVP & Executive Director, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development
Matthew Gorton – EVP, Public Affairs and Communications

For more information, contact:
ESD Office of Public Affairs
(800) 260-7313