Brooklyn Navy Yard has a new leader, and she’s coming straight from another major economic hub in New York City — the EDC.

Lindsay Greene, former executive vice president of the Economic Development Council, was appointed CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard by Mayor Eric Adams, who said Greene had “the skills, the talent, and the emotional intelligence to shepherd an inclusive and equitable economic recovery for all New Yorkers.”

“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.'”

In the role, Greene will be charged with overseeing the Navy Yard’s more than 500 businesses and 11,000 employees, expanding on its mission to invest in jobs of the future and create employment pipelines for underserved communities.

Greene, a Brooklyn local, will be the Navy Yard’s first Black woman and LBGTQ leader.

She said that the Navy Yard was rich in history and “brimming with promise of the future,” and thanked Adams for the chance to lead it with a focus on building local businesses, creating pathways for worker advancement and ensuring diversity amongst those who shape the inventions, tools and companies of the future.

“The success of the Yard comes from its workers, tenants and neighbors,” Greene said.

“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.”

Outgoing President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation David Ehrenberg said he had worked with Greene for many years, and was thrilled “her vision, energy, and leadership” would shape the Yard through its next phase of growth.

“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.”

Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation Board of Directors Chair Hank Gutman added that Greene had the right combination of “character, leadership skills, and experience to write the next chapter in the Yard’s spectacular history.”

Anna Bradley-Smith

Anna Bradley-Smith is Brooklyn-based reporter with bylines in NBC, VICE, Slate and others. Follow her on Twitter @annabradsmith.

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