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Marisa Lago, Chair

Marisa Lago, appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, began serving as Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chair of the City Planning Commission in March 2017. This is her third stint in New York City government, having worked previously under Mayors Dinkins and Koch.

Lago previously served in the Obama Administration as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development. In this capacity, she led the U.S. government’s overseas development activities with the World Bank and its regional counterparts. In addition, she directed Treasury’s portfolio on international financial services regulation, climate finance, trade in financial services, and technical assistance to developing countries on public financial management.

Prior to Treasury, Lago served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Empire State Development, where she advanced projects including the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the expansion and renovation of the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, and the revitalization of Erie Canal Harbor in Buffalo.

Immediately prior to joining New York State government, Lago spent five years as the Global Head of Compliance for Citigroup’s corporate and investment bank. Before joining Citigroup, Lago headed the Office of International Affairs for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, under Chairman Arthur Levitt.

As Boston’s Chief Economic Development Officer from 1994 to 1997, Lago led the Boston Redevelopment Authority and was responsible for the city’s public housing, affordable housing, neighborhood development and job training agencies. From 1990 to 1994, she was General Counsel of New York City’s Economic Development Corporation.

Lago earned a J.D. cum laude in 1982 from Harvard Law School, and a B.S. in physics from Cooper Union in 1977.