82nd Street Dist. Management Assoc.
Leslie A. Ramos joined the 82nd Street Partnership in October 2014 as Executive Director. She has extensive experience working with small businesses, City agencies, and the Latino community; bringing a wealth of knowledge in economic and community development practices. She began her career at the Office of Management and Budget, and has also served as Assistant Commissioner for Finance at the Department of Housing Preservation & Development, and executive director of the Mayor’s Office for Industrial & Manufacturing Businesses. At the Partnership, Leslie has successfully advocated for the needs of small and independent businesses, taking on issues such as NYC DOT’s Clear Curbs initiative, which was negatively impacting economic activity. She has also worked to fill the business education gap among immigrant businesses by implementing a robust door-to-door education program and culturally sensitive seminars.
During her spare time, Ms. Ramos serves as a board member at Learning Ladders, an early education center in the Bronx and Aprendes Foundation, which is devoted to amplifying the power, potential, and partnerships of Latinx peoples and communities, as well as broader communities of color. Ramos is a member of the Latina Leadership Forum’s founding committee and a former board member of Latina PAC. She has thought Economic Development as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College’s Puerto Rican & Latino Studies Department.
Leslie received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University.