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President and CEO at Partnership Fund for NYC
Maria Gotsch is President and CEO of the Partnership Fund for NYC, the investment arm of the Partnership for NYC. The Fund, which has invested over $170 million, has built a network of top experts from the investment and corporate communities who help identify and support the city’s most promising entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and non-for profit sectors. Maria has also spearheaded the creation and operation of a number of the Fund’s strategic initiatives, including: FinTech Innovation Lab; New York Digital Health Accelerator; Transit Tech Lab; NY Fashion Tech Lab; NYCSeed (seed financing for IT/digital media companies); BioAccelerate Prize NYC; Arts Entrepreneurial Loan Fund (low cost loans for mid-size arts groups); and ReStart Central and Financial Recovery Fund (funding for small businesses impacted by 9/11). Before joining the Fund, Maria was a Managing Director at BT Wolfensohn, providing strategic and financial advice related to mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and the development of business strategies. Before starting with Wolfensohn, Maria worked at LaSalle Partners and for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. She was also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study international relations at the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland. Maria is a member of the boards of Sonepar SAS and Sonepar USA Holdings and serves on the audit committee of Sonepar SAS. She also serves on the advisory boards of ProPublica (investigative journalism non-profit), Schools That Can, Columbia University’s Lang Fund, Hospital for Special Surgery Innovation Advisory Council and the Cornell-Tech Runway Visiting Committee.