Meet the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation Staff
SIEDC’s dedicated staff is committed to improving Staten Island’s economy and assisting small businesses.
Cesar J. ClaroPresident & CEO
Cesar J. Claro, President & CEO
As President and CEO of the SIEDC for the past twenty years, Cesar forges linkages between the private and public sectors on Staten Island to promote economic development opportunities. SIEDC’s primary focus is to attract new investments that create new jobs on Staten Island. Cesar manages a staff of thirteen, an operating budget of $1.8 million and oversees 30 programs, projects and events at SIEDC.
Under Cesar’s leadership, SIEDC has attracted over $900 million in private investment to Staten Island, created over 12,000 new jobs and redeveloped over 6,000 acres of previously vacant property. Cesar is also credited with creating the Annual SIEDC Business Conference, an all day event that draws over 2,500 business and community leaders each year, the SI Health and Wellness Expo and the Green and Clean Festival. Under Cesar’s leadership, SIEDC launched nine levels of membership and now boasts over 200 members.
Rejoining the SIEDC in December, 2013 after 14 years at Time Warner Cable, Gina Gutman brings a wealth of experience in marketing, community affairs, public relations and development to her position as Senior Vice President.
Initially serving as Time Warner Cable’s Director of Marketing and Public Affairs for the Staten Island division, Gina went on to a citywide position as the Director of Partnerships & Promotions for the New York City region and most recently moved to the corporate offices handling National Partnership Marketing.
Gina has been recognized several times by the cable industry as a finalist and winner of the Association of Cable Communicators “Beacon Award” for outstanding efforts in public affairs and was awarded the ESPN Good Sport Award for exceptional use of sports in community affairs initiatives. She has also been honored for her work with numerous Staten Island organizations including the Staten Island Historical Society, Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, the Staten Island Zoo and New Direction Services.
Prior to serving as the SIEDC’s Deputy Director and launching the Staten Island Tourism Council in the mid ‘90s, Gina worked in the Marketing Department of the Staten Island Children’s Museum and as a spokesperson for Staten Island Borough President Guy V. Molinari.
Ms. Gutman holds a Bachelor of Science degree Cum Laude from the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She lives in Matawan, New Jersey with her daughter Emily.
Steve Grillo serves as First Vice-President of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), oversees a staff of urban planners and manages a wide variety of environmental sustainability and neighborhood development projects.
Steve’s work at SIEDC has included the launch of the West Shore Business Improvement District, advancing the South Shore Business Improvement District and the New Dorp Merchants Group and helping to secure designations for the West Shore Brownfield Opportunity Area and Industrial Business Zones.
Steve has served on steering committees for the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation’s Brownfield Opportunity Area Assistance Program and the CUNY Solar Empowerment Zone Program as well as the New York Rising Committee and the Department of City Planning’s East Shore Resilient Neighborhoods Advisory Committee.
Steve holds a B.A. in geography from the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg Virginia as well as a Masters of Urban Planning from Hunter College and has previously worked for the United States National Park Services and Con Edison.
Jodi Guagliardo joined SIEDC in 2007 and has been responsible for nearly every major event produced by the organization since. As the Vice President of Special Events, she is responsible for Trifecta sponsorship, sponsorship packages, Staten Island Economic Conference, the Staten Island Ultimate Networking Event, the Health & Wellness Expo, SIEDC Annual Awards and Annual Golf Outing.
Before joining SIEDC, Jodi served as the Executive Director of the Staten Island March of Dimes.
Megan Kenny is the membership and events manager at the SIEDC. She recruits new members, plans event logistics, and assists in fundraising efforts. She works closely with SIEDC members on a daily basis to improve and expand the organization. Prior to working with the SIEDC, she worked for Make-A-Wish, New Jersey in Monroe Township as a development intern. At this position, Megan assisted in planning walks and other fundraising events. She also gathered content for the Adopt-A-Wish program. Before interning in New Jersey, she shadowed the CEO and CMO of the New York Wheel as a marketing intern. Megan received a bachelor of arts from CUNY-Hunter College in 2013, and earned her MBA with a concentration in marketing from Seton Hall University in 2015.
Christopher GlancyIndustrial Business Development Manager
Christopher Glancy, Industrial Business Development Manager
Christopher Glancy works with Industrial Companies who need help with financing, by helping them secure loans, identifying lenders and by helping to package their loan application. He also helps to lower their costs by identifying and accessing government incentives, and uncover ways for businesses to save money through programs such as ICAP (Industrial and Commercial Abatement Program) and Energy Cost Savings Programs. Christopher also helps Industrial businesses navigate different government agencies if they have problems with permitting issues, utilities problems or if they need help identifying which government agency can help with their problem. He also specializes in Customized Training – Specific training designed by each business owner to train their employees.
Christopher graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management with a concentration in Human Resources in December of 2014. Christopher started as an intern with the SIEDC in the summer of 2014 before officially joining them as the Industrial Business Development Manager in June of 2015.
Previous to his work at the SIEDC Chris interned at the Staten Island Advance in 2012 where he honed his writing skills and became a published writer. He also had his own column in the Sunday paper that highlighted recent Staten Island College graduates awards and accomplishments.
Christopher is a native Staten Islander and is a product of Monsignor Farrell High School.
Lonnie M. BaronProgram Manager & West Shore District Manager
Lonnie M. Baron, Program Manager & West Shore District Manager
Lonnie Baron is the new West Shore Program Manager. In that capacity, he is responsible for overseeing development of the BOA, advocating for funding of a Light Rail, and managing issues facing tenants and owners within the Industrial BID. Lonnie holds a BA in History and Political Science from the College of Staten Island, as well a Professional Certificate in Public Relations from New York University. He spent several years learning the inner machinations of government, working for Assemblyman Titone, before joining SIEDC in 2015.
Nancy McKeown has a multi-faceted role as the Graphic Designer at the SIEDC. She creates all of the email blasts sent from the company, totaling over 360 per year, while also maintaining the website and creating marketing materials for every SIEDC-sponsored event. She has created all the graphics for campaigns such as “Top 31”, “Why Studies Matter”, “Does SI Matter?”, just to name a few. Nancy also produces marketing materials for all merchant groups as needed, while keeping track of all press releases generated by the SIEDC. She also acts as the company photographer at all events.
Prior to joining the SIEDC, Nancy worked as a Graphic Designer at Mantis Marketing in New York City where she worked as a branding specialist for architectural companies such as Adelhardt Construction, Design Republic, Skyline Engineering and many more. While working at Mantis Marketing she provided design direction for collateral and helped assist in maintaining consistency of brands. She also worked at Velvet Eye Wear in New York City and while there, she created packaging and graphic manuals for multiple eyeglass brands that have consistently appeared in Bloomingdales. Along with her success at several companies as a graphic designer throughout the New York State area, she has worked as an illustrator for children’s literature and produced designs for multiple musical bands, private companies and marketing firms.
Nancy graduated from The Art Institute of New York, majoring in Graphic Design. Born and raised on Staten Island, Nancy is a proud graduate of St. Peter’s High School for Girls.