Keynote Panel: Next Big Idea 

9:30AM | 

With so many present and future projects and opportunities under discussion and planning, what are the most  likely ones for LIC and most impactful for the region? How can we both improve our position and absorb the changes coming our way while ensuring LIC's uniquely mixed use community thrives for all those who work, study, live, create and/or visit?


Elizabeth Lusskin (moderator)

LIC Partnership

Elizabeth Lusskin is President of LIC Partnership and Executive Director of the LIC BID.  She joined LIC Partnership after serving as Chief of Staff/VP Strategic Initiatives at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, expanding its incubator and entrepreneurship efforts. Previously, she served as Deputy Commissioner, NYC SBS, General Counsel, Downtown Alliance, and Legislative Counsel, NYS Office of Federal Affairs.

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lindsey boylan

Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Special Adviser to the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Lindsey Boylan is the Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Housing, as well as Special Advisor to the Governor for the State of New York. Her portfolio of oversight includes Empire State Development (ESD), the state’s chief economic development agency, for which she previously served as Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President. She also oversees operations and policy for: the Battery Park Authority, New York Department of State, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, the Javits Center, the New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the Olympic Regional Development Authority and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.  In her prior role as ESD’s Chief of Staff, Lindsey worked with the ESD Commissioner and the Governor’s Office in promoting job growth around the state, on key economic development projects and oversaw 10 regional offices and 75 full-time employees. She had previously served as ESD’s Vic President of Business Development. Prior to joining ESD, Lindsey spent several years in municipal finance, ultimately as Vice President, RBC Capital Markets, where she focused on business development in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and parts of Texas. Earlier, she served in an executive role steering operations and business development for three interconnected New York City business improvement districts, private-public partnerships best known for their restoration of Midtown’s iconic Bryant Park.  Lindsey also has worked for noted urban planner Alexander Garvin, focusing on a master planning and management process for a 4,500-acre park in Memphis.  She is a graduate of Columbia Business School and received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College, where she was elected Student Body President in her senior year. Lindsey has served on the Wellesley Board of Trustees, Citizens Union's Board of Directors and in various capacities on NYC's Community Boards. She currently serves on the board of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and finds particular joy in advocacy and support for issues of importance to women. Lindsey lives in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood with her husband and daughter.  

James patchett

President & CEO, New York City Economic Development Corporation

The President and CEO of New York City Economic Development Corporation, James Patchett has spent his career building stronger cities through investments in affordable housing, innovation, and 21st century infrastructure. In his current role overseeing job growth and economic development for the City of New York, James taps into his deep experience in real estate, finance, government, and urban planning. During his tenure, he has overseen some of the city’s most ambitious projects, including launching a citywide ferry system and developing Mayor de Blasio’s 100,000 jobs plan. 
Prior to his appointment in 2016, James served as chief of staff to Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, where he helped oversee more than 25 city agencies and played a pivotal role in preserving thousands of affordable homes. Before moving to City Hall, James was a vice president in Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group, where he spent seven years providing equity and debt to projects ranging from commercial developments to housing to charter schools.
James holds a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two young children. Twitter: @JBPatchet

kathryn wylde

President and CEO, Partnership for New York City

Kathryn Wylde is President and CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for New York City. Ms. Wylde was responsible for developing and managing affordable housing and economic development programs that contributed to the renaissance of blighted urban neighborhoods across the five boroughs. An internationally recognized expert on urban policy, Ms. Wylde has been awarded honorary degrees from Fordham University and St. Francis College and serves on the boards of many nonprofit institutions.