WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Association , a business leadership organization whose mission is to drive economic vitality in the county and the region, announced the promotion of two employees.
WCA President Marissa Brett said Amy Allen will be WCA's vice president, and named Joelle DiNardi to the newly created position of managing director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Both positions are effective immediately. The staff promotions are part of Brett’s plans to assemble a top-notch team for 2015 and beyond.
“The WCA is playing a critical role in the transformation of Westchester County from a 1980s business model to a 21st century model,” Brett said. “With health care and life sciences booming, and Westchester’s ‘Urban ‘Burbs’ thriving, we are actively working to cultivate a business environment in which today’s enterprises can succeed. These staff changes bring leadership, expertise, and enthusiasm to our team, and that will enable us to succeed in our mission.”
Brett also announced the promotion of Monica Ortiz, from bookkeeper to financial Manager, and Laura Montopoli, from events assistant, to events coordinator.
For over a decade, Allen has served as the WCA’s managing director for advocacy and International Business, during which time she managed the organization’s global business advocacy efforts as well as government and healthcare reform. She will continue to have a lead role in the WCA’s healthcare initiatives, including overseeing the work of the Healthcare Consortium, as well as the WCA’s efforts to drive economic vitality and innovation in the region.
DiNardi will oversee the WCA’s efforts to attract and nurture early-stage companies to Westchester County through its BLUEPRINT Accelerator Network, in addition to growing the organization’s meetup and networking groups, Accelerate Westchester, and Innovate Westchester, according to Brett.
“We are excited to have someone focused on promoting the resources Westchester County has to offer entrepreneurs,” Brett said. “Joelle brings great energy to this position, and she has already been successful in reaching new audiences and involving a broad array of partners in our endeavors. We’re proud to have her on our team.”
Prior to joining the WCA, Allen worked for more than 15 years for international organizations, including CBS International Publishing. She holds a master's of business administration in international business from American University in Washington, D.C. and bachelor of arts in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire and University of Valencia, Spain. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson.
DiNardi has served as the WCA’s coordinator for economic development for the past year and a half. Prior to that, she was an account manager for the recycling broker, Cell Mark, and a product manager for Equis Trading, Inc. DiNardi received her BA from Colgate University.
Ortiz joined the WCA in 2008, and brings over a decade of experience in bookkeeping and accounting services. Montopoli also started at the WCA in 2008. She received her bachelor of arts degree from SUNY Cortland.
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