CARLO A. SCISSURA
Carlo A. Scissura is President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held since September 2012. The Chamber is one of New York’s largest business advocacy and economic development organizations, with over 2,100 members. Under Carlo's leadership, the Chamber's membership has grown by more than 200 percent. It has launched a number of highly innovative and successful programs and initiatives, including Explore Brooklyn, Brooklyn-Made and Chamber on the Go, and has received substantial new funding from government agencies and private foundations to support its work. During this historic period of growth, the Chamber's efforts have been widely recognized as creating national models for business development, outreach and technical assistance, and regional branding.
Carlo is a lifelong Brooklyn resident, as well lawyer and former small business owner. Born and raised in Bensonhurst, he has been an advocate for Brooklyn his entire career. He is a graduate of Pace University and Pace Law School.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Carlo served both as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for nearly five years. During his tenure, he restructured operations at Borough Hall and served as senior advisor to the Borough President. He focused on driving the Borough's economic development agenda, working closely with the Mayor's Office, Council, and Economic Development Corporation (EDC), and served on the Boards of EDC, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, and Brooklyn Public Library.
Before joining the Borough President's Office, Carlo owned a thriving solo practice law firm in Dyker Heights. He previously served on the staffs of State Senator Vincent Gentile and Assemblyman Peter Abbate.
In addition to his professional work, Carlo has deep roots in community service. He was elected to Community School Board 20 in 1999. During his five years on the Board, he reinvigorated both the Legislative and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committees and worked closely with parents and teachers.
He was appointed to the Community Education Council for District 20 in 2004, where he served as President and Chairman of the Legislative Committee. During his time at the CEC, Carlo vigorously advocated for increased community and parental involvement, strengthened the cooperation among civic leaders and schools, and continued the relationships built during his years on the school board. Carlo was instrumental in having the School Construction Authority approve the largest capital construction plan for District 20. He also served as a member of Community Board 11.
Currently, Carlo is the President of the Federation of Italian-American Organizations, where he has spearheaded the building of the new Italian Cultural and Community Center, and is the Master of Ceremonies for the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade. Carlo has received numerous honors and awards for his work in the community.
He currently lives in Dyker Heights with his daughter Teresa Rose.