The Real Deal New York

New NYC EDC chief takes aim

Maria Torres-Springer plans to use her new appointment to address affordable housing and income inequality

October 15, 2015 10:00AM
By Janna Herron

Maria Torres-Springer NYCEDC

Maria Torres-Springer

From the October issue: Making good on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to tackle the city’s rising income inequality is not just a professional goal for the newly appointed president of the city Economic Development Corp. For Maria Torres-Springer, it’s a personal one, too.

The first woman to head the EDC was raised in Alameda, California, the daughter of Filipino immigrants. Torres-Springer recalls a home with “very modest means” — her mother worked as a bank teller, and her father was a fingerprint technician at the police department, among other jobs. She worked her way through Yale, then grad school at Harvard. [more]