NYC COVID Recovery is led by the City of New York’s Senior Advisor for Recovery Lorraine Grillo, appointed by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in February 2021 to coordinate across City government and lead efforts to build a recovery for all of us.
About Lorraine Grillo
As New York City’s Senior Advisor for Recovery, Lorraine Grillo leads coordination across City government to supercharge Mayor de Blasio’s recovery agenda, as detailed on RecoveryForAll.nyc.gov. From working with city agencies to cut red tape for small businesses and securing the City’s $1 billion investment in Life Sciences, to driving the launch of the City’s Cleanup Corps and City Artist Corps, Grillo’s leadership is guiding the City’s efforts to build a recovery for all of us.
Prior to her appointment as Senior Advisor for Recovery, Lorraine Grillo served as President and CEO of the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) and Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). Grillo began her career at the SCA over 25 years ago as a Community Relations specialist. Over the years, she held a variety of positions within the agency including Director of Government and Community Relations, Senior Director of Real Estate Services, Executive Director/Chief of Staff to the President, and Acting President and CEO. After successfully opening 26 new schools, at the time the single most successful year in SCA history, she was appointed President and CEO. In February 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio reappointed Grillo to her position making her one of only two re-appointments from the prior administration and the longest serving SCA president. In July 2018, While continuing to serve as SCA President and CEO, Grillo was also appointed Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction.
Within 10 years, Grillo built over 80,000 K-12 school seats and over 9,000 universal Pre-K seats, coordinated almost 4,000 capital improvement projects in New York City buildings, and has managed a total of $28 billion in budgets. She led the SCA in its effort to find new and innovative ways to address school overcrowding including developing strong public/private partnerships with major developers. At SCA, Grillo’s team was responsible for the reopening of 71 schools damaged by Hurricane Sandy in record time. In addition, in 2015, under her leadership, the SCA met the administration’s mandate opening 35 Universal Pre-K centers for the city’s four-year-old children in less than six months. Grillo maintained the authority’s reputation for the best minority-and women-owned businesses (MWBE) program in New York state, and as a national model, and continues to be a tireless advocate for the MWBE community. Today, working with the New York City Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity, Grillo builds on her work supporting MWBEs and pushing for economic justice across recovery efforts.