DAYANNA TORRES

Senior Project Manager for Partnerships and Business Development at the New York City Economic Development Corporation

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Dayanna has 10+ years of experience working at the intersection of Government, Non-Profit, and Higher Education. Managing projects from strategy to execution she is a leader in community relations, program and advisory board launches, public and private partnerships, outreach, and implementing technology use in complex organizations to scale social impact for the underrepresented and underserved. Currently, she is the Senior Project Manager for Partnerships and Business Development at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the City's primary engine for economic growth, investing in programs and infrastructure to make NYC the global model for inclusive innovation. On behalf of the City, she engages with corporations, philanthropy, academia and entrepreneurship organizations to form cross-sector partnerships that scale innovation, startups, and economic development throughout the five boroughs across a range of industries. Partnerships range from events, programs, talent development solutions and more.

Prior to NYCEDC, Dayanna launched and managed the first Single Stop site at a CUNY senior college. The national non profit uses technology and partnerships to bridge the information gap that seperates low income students from resources that empower them to persist and graduate. Before CUNY, she served as a Zone Coordinator at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) where she developed and managed new economic opportunity partners to serve thousands of low to middle income New Yorkers. Prior to NYCHA, Torres established the outreach, recruitment, and partnerships strategy for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brooklyn & Queens and served as a TRIO Counselor at Syracuse University.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Dayanna holds two Masters from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a dual Bachelors in Information Management & Technology and Communcatioms & Rhetorical Studies.