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.
Jaclyn Taschetti, Director of Marketing & Outreach
As Director of Marketing & Outreach, Jaclyn Taschetti leads a team of creative and innovative individuals all with a like-minded goal to service the SIEDC and it’s members.
Born and raised on Staten Island and a proud alumni of Staten Island Technical High School, Jaclyn takes pride in her community and is committed to continuing to elevate the economic development of her hometown.
Jaclyn believes in the mantra to think boundlessly, work purposefully, and live passionately.
With a career spanning over 10 years as a Marketing professional, Jaclyn has traveled the country as a Regional Sales Manager for promotional products supplier Logomark where she partnered with distributors to choose, design, and customize the right products to achieve forecasted marketing goals.
Jaclyn knows that staying ahead of marketing trends can propel a business to the new heights. She played an integral role in the launch one of New York City’s most innovative luxury real estate brands, MEIER Real Estate. As Team Leader and Marketing Manager at MEIER, she not only launched the re-brand of the company, but managed the individual brands of the agents with a heavy emphasis on the power of social media.
Jaclyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies with a Minor in Theater & Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Megan Kenny, Director of Membership & Special Events
Megan Kenny is the director of membership & special events 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 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.
Niles French, Project Manager/New Dorp BID District Director
Niles French is a Project Manager/New Dorp BID District Director for the SIEDC, coordinating several areas on Staten Island. Before joining the SIEDC, he served as Grants and Development for Historic Richmond Town. During his 4 and half year tenure, he secured over 900,000 in grant funding, and assisted in securing over $5 million in capital support. Niles also helped increase sponsorship, community outreach, and managed several successful fundraising campaigns, including the roof restoration of Staten Island’s oldest home, the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House. He assisted in developing advertising and marketing strategies, new educational programs, as well as advancing signature events like the All American Drive-In and Jazz at the Tavern.
Currently, Niles is an adjunct professor at the College of Staten Island (CUNY), where he teaches in the History Department, primarily the CORE program and American Studies. Niles routinely delivers special lectures to students and recently participated in the Learning Communities Initiative at the college.
A graduate of the College of Staten Island (CUNY), Niles holds a Masters Degree in History, and Baccalaureate Degree in History and Political Science. He is a native and resident of Staten Island.
Christina Tinti, Graphic Designer/Brand Coordinator
Christina is the Graphic Designer and Brand Coordinator for the SIEDC. She works on designing email campaigns, event materials, advertisements, and maintains the overall appearance of the company. She also assists with marketing needs and special projects as well.
She hails originally from upstate NY where she obtained her BFA Studio Art and Advertising from Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Before joining the SIEDC she interned at O, the Oprah Magazine where she worked on advertising mockups and promotions. She also worked as a Jr. Digital Production Designer for Dylan’s Candy Bar where she created seasonal nation-wide screen animations/videos, coordinated weekly email campaigns, worked on packaging designs, and updated digital web assets. Working with companies like Wilton, Warner Brothers, NBC, Michael’s and more, she was able to combine the Dylan’s Candy Bar Brand with these collaborations for all marketing materials. In addition, Christina art directed/organized weekly photo shoots for social media and e-commerce.
Christina also currently maintains the branding and design of her family’s farm business, New Beginnings Farmstead in Kingston, NY.
Julie is the Events & Administrative Assistant at SIEDC. Currently, she is a senior at St. John’s University (Staten Island Campus) where she will be receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Business Administration in May 2018. Julie is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – Alpha Kappa Chapter.
She previously volunteered for the SIEDC Health & Wellness Expo in Fall 2016 and interned at SIEDC during her 2017 Spring semester. Along with this, she has volunteered at the St. John’s University President’s Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in 2016, along with various community events which fueled her passion for event planning.
Robert Semon, Assistant Industrial Business Development Manager
Robert works in the SIEDC’s project division, specializing in assisting the borough’s industrial and transportation businesses. He helps them access financing, navigate government agencies, enroll in city and state incentives and access training programs for their employees. His primary area of focus is the Rossville Industrial Business Zone where he is inquiring about the issues that they face on a day to day basis. The goal of his outreach is to create a Rossville Merchants Group that will help benefit the businesses through private services, government advocacy and general assistance.
Robert completed his Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Political Science at the College of Staten Island in August 2017. He then began as the Industrial Business Development Assistant in November 2017.
Prior to joining the SIEDC, Robert interned at Staten Island Borough Hall from January through December of 2015, and worked as a teller for Northfield Bank from 2015 through 2016. He also interned with the New York Public Interest Research Group from January through May of 2016, and again at their office in Albany from January through May of 2017, where he lobbied the New York State Legislature on issues of Environmental Conservation and Energy Renewability. Robert also assisted in giving NYPIRG’s testimony before the Joint Budgetary Committee on Environmental Conservation on February 13, 2017.
Robert is a native Staten Islander, and is a proud alumnus of Monsignor Farrell High School, Class of 2013.
Dawn’s background is in marketing and project management. She has completed the Certified Project Coordinator course at Middlesex College as well as the 2017 Real Estate Course to broaden her knowledge of the real estate industry. Before coming to the SIEDC, she worked for several years at Spectrum Cable as Sales Coordinator of the business class division. She has also been graphic designing for over 20 years and has worked primarily in NY and NJ. Dawn was born and raised in Brooklyn, and is a proud mom of twin boys.