Cesar J. Claro has over thirty years’ experience working in economic development, urban planning and philanthropy.
Cesar was President & CEO of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) for three decades. He grew the organization from a budget of $50k, one employee and two programs to a $4 million operation with a dozen employees, over two-hundred and fifty members and thirty-plus projects, programs, and events on its menu. He created dozens of major business and networking events, launched three Business Improvement Districts, and secured millions in public grants. He envisioned and crafted strategy for long term public/private initiatives including the West Shore Light Rail, the Staten Island Gondola, and the Staten Island Skyway. During his tenure, he helped recruit a forty-member Board of Directors, made up of the top business leaders in Staten Island.
Cesar is currently a member of the Regional Planning Association’s New Jersey Board Committee. He previously served on the New York State Regional Council for New York City and Mayor Bloomberg’s transition committee.