Former City Council member Costa Constantinides is the newest member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), following his nomination by Borough President Donovan Richards.
The Astoria native brings more than a decade of experience working across government, education and nonprofit sectors, while continuing to be a friendly face at the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, serving as chief executive officer.
“As our city recovers from the pandemic, fights for a more just and fair economy, battles the effects of climate change and strives to become more sustainable, EDC is a critical agency in achieving a stronger city,” said Constantinides.
During his time in office, Constantinides spearheaded the effort to pass the Climate Mobilization Act, first-of-its kind legislation that pledges the city to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Constantinides will succeed Melva Miller, who will continue her work as the CEO for the Association for a Better New York. In March, Constantinides stepped down from his City Council position to take on the role as CEO of the Variety Boys and Girls Club.
“Costa Constantinides is a real King of Queens, always ensuring Queens has gotten our fair share throughout his career,” said Richards. “Costa’s track record clearly shows his devotion to Queens’ economic growth and success, which will continue as long as Costa has a seat at the table.”
Constantinides attended the Astoria schools of P.S. 84 and P.S.122 before graduating from William Cullen Bryant High School. He attended Queens College where he now teaches as an adjunct lecturer in both the Political Science and Urban Studies departments.
In 2010, he received his Juris Doctor from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 2014.
“We are delighted to have Costa Constantinides join the NYCEDC Board representing Queens as we move forward helping build a recovery for all New Yorkers,” said NYCEDC president and CEO Rachel Loeb. “His role as CEO of the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens brings a unique perspective, helping us consider the needs of youth in our neighborhoods as we look for equitable solutions for all New Yorkers.”