Mayor de Blasio appoints entrepreneur Danny Meyer as chairman of EDC New York board
April 27, 2021
NEW YORK– Mayor de Blasio today appointed New York entrepreneur Danny Meyer as chairman of the board of the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Meyer will be sworn in on April 28, 2021.
Meyer will lead the organization’s 27-member board of directors, which will help guide NYCEDC’s agenda as the city’s primary vehicle for economic development. NYCEDC harnesses the city’s strengths to create good jobs and stimulate growth, ensuring equitable and sustainable development in the five boroughs.
“Building a sustainable economic recovery means caring about workers and reaching every corner of every borough. It takes strong leadership to get there – and Danny Meyer has the experience, vision and creativity we need to move our recovery forward, ”said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Danny is the perfect fit to lead the EDC Board of Directors in a year like no other, and I look forward to working with him to rebuild a stronger, fairer, cleaner, more New York City. green and safer. ”
“Through his entrepreneurial and community efforts, Danny Meyer has demonstrated a commitment to improving the hospitality industry, a remarkable problem-solving ability and a relentless drive to make New York City stronger, fairer and more vibrant,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been. “Danny will serve as a valuable thought partner to the NYCEDC team, bringing new perspectives and industry expertise to our equitable economic recovery agenda. We are delighted to recognize the incredible partner and leader that Danny has been for New York City with his appointment as Chairman of the Board of Directors of NYCEDC.
“We are thrilled to be working with Danny Meyer in his role as Chairman of the NYCEDC Board of Directors as we advance the Mayor’s vision for a fairer, healthier and more equitable city. Danny has been a visionary, leading the way not only for restaurants, but also for how other hospitality and service businesses can be well run through innovative policies that put people first. He believes in New York like me. Over the years he has seen opportunities in New York City neighborhoods helping him anchor them for the future, just as EDC has done and continues to do during this time of recovery, ”said Rachel Loeb, Interim President of NYCEDC. “I would also like to thank our outgoing Chairman of the Board Michael Schlein for his leadership and dedication to New York City.”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to support New York’s economic growth. For too long, New Yorkers have not been able to gather to hear the clinking of glasses in restaurants or see the lights of Broadway. We are ready to safely re-engage the culture, travel and hospitality industries – and the people who make them so special – and get back to business and to the heart of what makes our city loved by all ”, said Danny Meyer, Founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG).
In 1985, Meyer opened his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, launching what would become a lifelong hospitality career. Three decades later, its Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) includes some of New York’s best-loved and acclaimed restaurants including Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, Maialino, and more. He also founded Shake Shack; Originally a small part of a public art initiative at Madison Square Park that Danny invested in, the modern “roadside” hamburger restaurant became a public enterprise in 2015.
In addition to his entrepreneurial leadership, Meyer has been a champion for New York through his leadership and board service at NYC and Company, Madison Square Park Conservancy and Union Square Partnership. He is also known for his employee-centric model, which changed the way restaurants were historically run. Meyer is the author of Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times bestseller, which articulates a set of business and living principles that translate into a wide range of industries.
Meyer has been recognized for his leadership, business achievement and humanism, including the 2017 Julia Child Award, the TIME 100 List of “Most Influential People” 2015, the 2012 Aspen Institute Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership, the NYU Award Lewis Rudin 2011 for exemplary service in New York. Meyer and his wife, Audrey, live in New York City and have four children.