Seth Bornstein

Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Seth is responsible for the direction and development of the entire organization. With the staff and the board he endeavors to create programs that will help further the mission of the QEDC. He works closely with government, community and business leaders to design and implement economic development initiatives that will best serve the community.

Seth first joined the QEDC in 1979 where he helped coordinate the Borough’s first commercial revitalization programs which resulted in the development of many of our local development corporations and business improvement districts.  Since being named Executive Director in 2009, Seth has transformed QEDC, significantly increasing our range of services, scope and staff. Under Seth’s tenure, we opened the Entrepreneur Space, a food and business incubator in Long Island City; increased business outreach and revitalized the Queens Tourism Council.

Seth has 35 years of economic development experience.  In addition to being a founding staff member of the QEDC, he served as the Director of Economic Development for the Office of the Queens Borough President for two administrations.

Seth’s favorite activity is exploring the communities of Queens – whether it is drinking Greek coffee in Astoria, watching the USTA in Flushing-Meadows Corona Park, or jumping into the surf at Rockaway (and stopping off for a taco immediately afterwards).  Seth is a native New Yorker and is a graduate of The New School/Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Environmental Design.