Lusskin has served as deputy commissioner for Programs and Development for the Department of Small Business Services, general counsel of the Alliance for Downtown New York, and legislative counsel in the state Office of Federal Affairs.
Currently, Lusskin is chief of staff and vice president of Strategic Initiatives at Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
“To me, what’s exciting about Long Island City is that it is a city,” said Lusskin. “There is so much to discover in LIC. LIC is its own thing, the future is to let more people know about it.”
Lusskin said that her lack of professional experience in the neighborhood will be beneficial to the partnership because she can lead the organization with a new perspective.
“[However], I do have a lot of relationships that can be important to LIC across the landscape that can bring positive attention,” she said.
Lusskin said her first task will be to immerse herself in the business community and be accessible to the members.
“Talking to people is the most important aspect,” she said. “I plan on spending a lot of time listening to different perspectives throughout the community.”
Lusskin plans on meeting many members of the business community at the organization's annual trade show on Wednesday, November 13, at Terrace on the Park.
“Liz is well positioned to lead the partnership and drive its mission as new investment and existing uses combine to redefine the area as one of New York City’s hottest new neighborhoods, and certainly one of its most diverse,” said Gary Kesner, chair of the board of the LIC Partnership. “As Long Island City continues to evolve, Liz has the vision and on-point experience we need to help the partnership continue to thrive.”
Another item that is high on the agenda is the expansion of LIC Business Improvement District, which is managed by the partnership.
“While you’re thinking about big things you have to deliver the very important day-to-day things people need,” Lusskin said.
The BID is responsible for extra sanitation services, area marketing and providing business services.
“We are thrilled that Liz will be leading the LIC Partnership and BID,” said BID Chairman David Brause. “Liz brings a wealth of experience to our exciting neighborhood, which will be of great value as we expand the BID.”
Lusskin’s recent work with NYU-Poly focused on helping a business incubator program succeed with an emphasis toward the tech community, something she said will help her with LIC’s growing tech sector.
“LIC is already proving very attractive to tech markers,” said Lusskin. “It’s just another great asset to LIC to bring people together.”