Headshot of Hope Knight

Hope Knight

Hope Knight was nominated as President, CEO and Commissioner of Empire State Development by New York Governor Kathy Hochul in October 2021. Her nomination was confirmed by the New York State Senate on May 4, 2022.

Prior to her appointment, Knight served as President & CEO of Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, one of the nation’s first community development corporations. In that capacity she has advanced economic growth, community-building, and sustainable real estate development that has immeasurably revitalized and strengthened the Southeast Queens region. Additionally, from 2015 to 2021 she served as a Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission.

Prior to leading Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, she was Chief Operating Officer of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone overseeing over $150 million in investments, leveraging over $1 billion in private capital, and working on projects such as the East River Plaza, Potamkin East Harlem and the Victoria Theater & Hotel.

She also served as Vice President at Morgan Stanley in the Institutional Equities Division, U.S. and as Vice President of Strategic Planning and E-Commerce, Morgan Stanley, Japan. Earlier in her career, Knight worked at Accenture and in New York City government. Knight holds a BA from Marymount Manhattan College and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago.

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. 

Hope Knight, Ex-Officio Director
Empire State Development, President & CEO
NYS Department of Economic Development, Commissioner
Appointed - November 15, 2021
Confirmed - May 4, 2022

Hilda Rosario Escher, Director
Confirmed - June 16, 2015

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

Adrienne A. Harris, Ex-Officio Director
NYS Department of Financial Services, Superintendent
Appointed as of September 13, 2021
Confirmed – January 25, 2022

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

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

Hope Knight – President & CEO and Commissioner
Kevin Younis – Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner
Rhoda Glickman – SVP, Film, Arts and New Media Development
Jeff Janiszewski – SVP, Strategic Business Development/Global NY 
Ed Hamilton – EVP, Administration
Kathleen Mize – Acting Chief Financial Officer
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