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Lindsay Greene, former EDC executive VP, appointed head of Brooklyn Navy Yard

February 24, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Mayor Eric Adams has appointed Lindsay Greene, most recently the chief strategy officer and executive vice president at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, as the new CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

As CEO, Greene, a Brooklyn resident. will oversee the workforce development and urban manufacturing campus, which is home to more than 500 businesses and 11,000 employees.

Greene will deepen and expand the Navy Yard’s mission, investing in the jobs of the future and creating pipelines for underserved communities to fill these jobs. She will be the first Black woman and the first LBGTQ person in the position.

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Before her position with the EDC, Greene served as chief strategy officer, senior advisor and deputy mayor for housing and economic development with the de Blasio administration from 2015 to 2020.

Lindsay Greene, CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. Linkedin photo

“The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a job and manufacturing center rich in history and brimming with the promise of the future,” said Greene. “I am grateful to Mayor Adams for the opportunity to lead the Yard through its next phase, with a focus on building local businesses, creating pathways for worker advancement, and ensuring that the people shaping the inventions, tools, and companies of the future are as diverse as our great city.

“The success of the Yard comes from its workers, tenants, and neighbors, and I look forward to a continued strong partnership with local residents and leaders, elected officials, and the people working across the campus to cement the Brooklyn Navy Yard as an inclusive economic hub,” she added.

“Lindsay Greene is an excellent choice to lead the Navy Yard team as it builds on its extraordinary record of quality job creation and workforce development, with a focus on serving those in our community most in need of opportunity,” said Hank Gutman, chair of the board of directors for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. “She has just the right combination of character, leadership skills, and experience to write the next chapter in the Yard’s spectacular history. I look forward to working with her in her new role.”

Hank Gutman, board chair, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. Eagle file photo

“I’ve worked with Lindsay for many years and am thrilled that she’ll bring her vision, energy, and leadership to the Navy Yard as it enters its next phase of growth,” said David Ehrenberg, outgoing president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. “I’m confident that the Yard will continue to provide a national model for modern manufacturing growth and accessible job creation for years to come under Lindsay’s leadership.”

“Mayor Adams hit the jackpot with Lindsay Greene taking the helm of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation,” said New York City Councilmember Lincoln Restler, whose district includes the Yard. “Lindsay has the smarts, experience, and values to guide the Navy Yard to realize its full potential as a model in urban manufacturing, a hub for renewable energy, and the gold standard for local hiring.”

“The Brooklyn Navy Yard is an important institution to New York City, to Brooklyn, and to me personally, and I am thrilled that Lindsay Greene will be taking the helm to lead it through its next phase,” said Dr. Jocelynne Rainey, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. “With her strong economic development experience and knowledge of the Yard and the city, I believe that Lindsay will continue the necessary work of increasing its economic impact, while expanding opportunities for the neighboring community.”

Councilmember Lincoln Restler (D-Downtown-Heights-DUMBO-Greenpoint-Navy Yard). Photo by Benjamin Kanter

“Frontline communities that have endured historical trauma have been further destabilized by the disparate health impacts of COVID-19 and economic instability,” said Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director, UPROSE; and co-chair, Climate Justice Alliance. “These contemporary challenges demand visionary leadership grounded in community priorities with the ability to operationalize the just transition our communities deserve. Lindsay Greene’s appointment as CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is cause for celebration for all of us!”

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