Leslie A. Ramos joined the 82nd Street Partnership in October 2014 as Executive Director. She has extensive experience working with small businesses, City agencies, and the Latino community; bringing a wealth of knowledge in economic and community development practices. Leslie received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She began her career at the Office of Management and Budget, and has also served as Assistant Commissioner for Finance at the Department of Housing Preservation & Development, and executive director of the Mayor’s Office for Industrial & Manufacturing Businesses. Leslie is a member of the Latina Leadership Forum’s founding committee, and a former board member of Latina PAC, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College’s Puerto Rican & Latino Studies Department.