Christine Curella

Christine Curella

Job Quality Fellow, Class of 2017-18, Economic Opportunities Program

Director, Business Initiatives and Job Quality, Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, New York, NY

Christine Curella is the Director of Business Initiatives and Job Quality at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. She is responsible for aligning local programs and policies to increase economic development and workforce investments, build business capacity, and connect New Yorkers to economic opportunity. Christine directs Best for NYC, the first municipally-led impact partnership with B Lab, which has supported nearly 1,500 diverse New York City businesses—employing more than 65,000 workers—in making strategic investments in their workforce, community, and the environment. Previously, Christine led economic inclusion projects at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, coordinated strategic planning for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama Administration, and consulted for the World Bank Inspection Panel. Christine has advised on community development initiatives in the Bronx, Baltimore, and New Orleans and is a member of the Action Corps to advise civic leaders at Christine holds a bachelor’s degree from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, of the City University of New York, where she was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Christine received her Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Christine Curella is a member of the Job Quality Fellowship Class of 2017-18. To learn more about the Job Quality Fellows, visit

The Job Quality Fellowship is part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

Bio updated September 2017.

Authored by Christine