Elizabeth Lusskin is the President of the LIC Partnership and Executive Director of the LIC Business Improvement District. Her professional life has ranged through public, private, and non-profit roles. She comes to the LIC Partnership and LIC BID after serving as the Chief of Staff and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, where she helped the engineering institution through the final stages of its merger with NYU, and expansion of its incubator and entrepreneurship efforts, among others. Prior to that, through her consulting practice, Elizabeth Lusskin Consulting LLC, she advised public, private for-profit and non-profit clients on economic and community development, organizational management and strategic planning. Her work particularly included assisting Business Improvement Districts and other neighborhood improvement organizations on establishment and also on-going operations. Ms. Lusskin was appointed as a Public Member of the New York City Loft Board by Mayor Michael Bloomberg after serving on the NYC Rent Guidelines Board. In the NYC Department of Small Business Services, which includes in its jurisdiction overseeing the city’s BIDs, she was Deputy Commissioner for Programs and Development, focusing on reorganizing the Agency and reorienting its services to more effectively serve small businesses and entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the City, Ms. Lusskin was General Counsel of the Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc., a non-profit corporation that manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District. She also served as Legislative Counsel in the New York State Office of Federal Affairs in Washington, D.C., under Governor Mario M. Cuomo. Ms. Lusskin held the Menapace Fellowship in Urban Land Use Law at the Municipal Art Society in New York City, where she acted as in-house counsel to that civic organization, which specializes in land use and historic preservation issues. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Yale University.