MEET THE TEAM
As President of Capitalize Albany Corporation and CEO of the City of Albany Industrial Development Agency and Capital Resource Corporation, Sarah leads the City of Albany’s economic development efforts through transformational real estate development, targeted business and project assistance, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Capitalize Albany, Sarah specialized in neighborhood revitalization, plan implementation and community engagement as Principal Planner for the City of Albany. She holds a master’s degree in urban geography from the University of Miami and bachelor’s degrees in both public relations and urban geography from Syracuse University. Read more.
Andy serves as an Economic Developer. His practice area focuses on the City’s Industrial Development Agency working to assist businesses investing in Albany’s target growth sectors. In addition to the IDA, Andy works with applicants seeking to utilize Capitalize Albany’s Real Estate loan funds. Before joining the team at Capitalize Albany, Andy was a Business Services Manager at PrimePay, a national human capital solutions company. He also brings his expertise in real estate construction finance and compliance to the team having lived and worked in the NYC metro area. Read more.
Senior Economic Developer II
A life-long Capital Region resident, Ashley truly has a love for the City of Albany and the region. Ashley brings that passion with her every day while working as a Senior Economic Developer for Capitalize Albany. She is responsible for business development, grant administration, strategic programs and leads Capitalize Albany’s business attraction and retention efforts, as well as developing new programs and initiatives in support of business and the City’s many commercial districts. She also serves as the local liaison for the City of Albany in the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process. Read more.
Having worked in Albany for more than a decade, Chantel calls Albany home. She brings an aptitude of experience to her role as Executive Assistant, in addition to the provided support services for the President and Vice President she is instrumental in the management of day-to-day operations. Prior to Capitalize Albany, Chantel worked as Patricia Lynch Associate’s Director of Client Relations, a government affairs and media relations firm in Albany. She also spent several years working under Governor George E. Pataki’s administration in the State Capitol as an Appointments Officer in his Appointments office. Read more.
Senior Economic Developer II
Joe has been helping businesses in Albany and the Capital Region succeed since 2009. Prior to his role as Senior Economic Developer II with Capitalize Albany, he was the Director of Commercial Lending for the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, managing the $19 million Al Tech loan Fund used to create and retain jobs in Albany County. He has over ten years of alternative lending experience making small business loans to demographics under-served by banks, such as women-owned and minority-owned business and those run by persons of low-income. Prior, he spent nine years working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange conducting verbal securities auctions. Read more.
Mark joined the team at Capitalize Albany in December 2012. As Controller Mark is responsible for the budget management, forecasting, and financial reporting and compliance for the Corporation. Prior to joining the team at Capitalize Albany Mark worked at Curtis Lumber Company for 17 years. Serving as Accounting Manager, Mark managed a $150 million retail operation specializing in building materials with 21 locations throughout New York and Vermont. Read more.
Communications & Marketing Assistant
Mike is a proud City resident living in downtown Albany and enjoys a walkable commute to the office in the morning. As Communications & Marketing Assistant Mike serves as Capitalize Albany’s media contact, provides expertise in message development, manages the Corporation’s marketing campaigns, website and social media platforms. Our communications enhance our programs, amplifying our abilities to create, retain, and attract business in the City of Albany. Before joining the team at Capitalize Albany Mike worked as a public relations consultant. Read more.