Mayor Adams appoints two FilAms to Economic Development Team

by Ricky Rillera

Mayor Eric Adams announces new members of his economic development team at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on February 23, 2022. | Photo by Joanna Graham/Mayoral Photography Office

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams taps Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer to lead the economic development team and re-appoints Anne del Castillo to continue to serve as commissioner of the Media and Entertainment (MOME). Both are Filipina Americans who have previously worked under the administration of former Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Joining Torres-Springer and del Castillo in the team are Andrew Kimball to serve as president and executive officer (CEO) of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Lindsay Greene will serve as CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, and Clare Newman will continue to serve as president and CEO of The Trust for Governors Island.

The team will focus on building an equitable recovery across all sectors of the city’s economy and bringing New York City back following COVID-19.

“New York City is the economic engine of the nation and is going to lead this economic recovery, which is why we will need proven leaders who have a comprehensive understanding of the economic landscape of this city, and a track record of ‘Getting Stuff Done,'” said Mayor Adams. “Each member of this diverse group of individuals truly knows the communities they serve, and has the skills, the talent, and the emotional intelligence to shepherd an inclusive and equitable economic recovery for all New Yorkers. Appointing a team like this is how we bring back our city stronger than ever.”

Deputy Mayor Maria-Torres- Springer | Photo by Joanna Graham/Mayoral Photography Office

“Under Mayor Adams’ leadership, we are fighting every day to drive a recovery for all New Yorkers,” said Torres-Springer. “That is why I am so thrilled that we are appointing visionary leaders like Andrew Kimball, Lindsay Greene, Anne del Castillo, and Clare Newman, whose depth of expertise is matched only by their commitment to New York City bouncing back better than before, with a stronger, more equitable, and more resilient economy.”

While de Blasio was mayor, Torres-Springer served as the New York City Department of Small Business Services commissioner before becoming the president and CEO of the NYC Economic Development Corporation in June 2015. She was later appointed to lead the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

In December 2021, New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams named Torres-Springer, the incoming deputy mayor for economic and workforce development. Torres-Springer is one of two Asian Americans to serve as deputy mayor. She assumed her position effective January 1, 2022

Her extensive experience includes 15 years in public service with the City of New York. She led three agencies addressing some of the city’s most significant public policy challenges: housing affordability, economic development, and workforce development. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and a master’s in public policy from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

At MOME, del Castillo will be a crucial partner for the city’s creative economy, from the film sector to the nightlife industry. She will also work with partners in and out of government to aid its recovery, as the pandemic disproportionately impacted it. Del Castillo was first appointed as commissioner in 2019.

Anne Del Castillo | Photo by Joanna Graham/Mayoral Photography Office

“I am honored to be re-appointed by Mayor Adams to continue the important work of recovering and strengthening New York City’s media, entertainment, and nightlife sectors,” said MOME Commissioner Anne del Castillo. “These industries are vital to our vibrant culture and economy — generating $150 billion and 500,000 jobs pre-pandemic — and define our city as a global capital.”

Del Castillo holds more than 25 years of experience in film and TV production, public media, arts, and nonprofit administration. Since her appointment in 2019, Commissioner del Castillo has focused on bolstering New York City’s world-class arts, entertainment, and nightlife sectors and advanced an economy that works for all New Yorkers.

Before her appointment, Commissioner del Castillo served as director of Legal Affairs and then a chief operating officer and general counsel of MOME. Since joining the agency in 2014, she has guided the development of numerous initiatives, including Broadway/Off-Broadway in the Boros to bring free live performances to the five boroughs, including a series of training and educational programs to increase diversity in film and television, theater, music production, and animation; and a deal with Berklee NYC to save the iconic Power Station recording studios.

Previously, del Castillo worked as vice president of development and business affairs at American Documentary, producer of the award-winning PBS documentary series POV, and associate director of the Austin Film Society.

She holds a BA in English Literature and a BS in Mass Communications from Boston University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. A native New Yorker, she grew up in Stuyvesant Town, raising her son.

Many of those whom Del Castillo previously worked with commended her reappointment like Fred Dixon, president and CEO, NYC & Company, and Suzanne Mosel, CEO, of Pen America.

“We congratulate Commissioner del Castillo on her well-deserved reappointment,” said Dixon. “She’s a tireless advocate for our city and in promoting New York City as an iconic capital of film, television, theatre, nightlife, and so much more. Her support of the city’s tourism industry is immeasurable, and we appreciate her incredible spirit of collaboration and support. We look forward to working alongside her in the Adams’ administration.”

“We are thrilled to hear that Anne del Castillo will continue her leadership of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment,” said Nossel. “Anne has been a tireless advocate for the literary sector and a superb partner in helping to elevate diverse voices and showcase the vibrancy of the city’s writing and publishing communities. Anne has been a stalwart champion of the arts and culture communities throughout the depths of the pandemic, and I know she will stop at nothing to help the literary arts emerge stronger than ever as part of the city’s revitalization.”

Julie Menin, New York City Councilmember, chair, Small Business Committee, said: “These appointments today of key economic development officials with deep levels of experience are welcome news for the city as we seek to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic and signal that New York City is open for business.”

Added Menin: “I especially want to congratulate my former colleague, Anne del Castillo, who I worked with when I was MOME commissioner, and am glad to see the mayor keep that critical continuity with running the city’s film, TV, and media sectors.”

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