Senior Vice President, Governance, Communications & Strategic Initiatives
Maureen Hassett serves as Senior Vice President of Governance, Communications and Strategic Initiatives for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). In this role, she oversees the EDA’s Edison Innovation Fund technology investments, Governance & Communications and Marketing & Product divisions, as well as its urban and real estate development portfolio in New Jersey.
As a member of the senior management team, Ms. Hassett also serves as the Chief Executive Officer’s designee to the New Jersey Schools Development Authority’s Board of Directors, as well as the Assistant Secretary of the Economic Recovery Board for Camden. She joined the EDA in January 2002 as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and also held the position of Senior Vice President of Governance and Communications for five years overseeing corporate governance, strategic planning, marketing and communications, and legislative affairs.
From 2012-2015, as Senior Vice President, Finance and Development, she lead the Business Development, Underwriting, Closing Services and Portfolio Services teams in advancing all credit lending and incentive transactions on behalf of the Authority.
Ms. Hassett has been involved in the community and economic development arena for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the EDA, she served as Senior Policy Advisor at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and worked for several municipalities in New York and New Jersey in program financing and housing development. She was also the recipient of the HUD Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship, is a founding member of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees, and was recently recognized as one of Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence. Ms. Hassett is also the Vice Chair of the national Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Board of Directors, and advisory board member of THRIVE South Jersey, an initiative of NJ Community Capital and the Pascale Sykes Foundation to improve economic opportunities across a four county area in South Jersey.
Ms. Hassett holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College, City University of New York. She is a resident of Pennington, NJ.