Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of MWBEs
Jonnel Doris was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the City’s first Senior Advisor and Director of the Mayor’s Office for the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program. He is responsible for identifying strategic policy guidance, programs, services and accountability mechanisms to increase the number of awards to qualified M/WBEs. In addition, Mr. Doris works with agencies to improve utilization of the City’s M/WBEs and advise the Mayor and Administration on subjects pertaining to M/WBEs and awarding City contracts.
Mr. Doris is responsible for implementing and overseeing the Mayor’s 30 % M/WBE utilization goal, OneNYC target of $20 Billion to M/WBEs and certification of 9,000 firms. In his role as Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of M/WBEs, Mr. Doris facilitates the city’s engagement with the M/WBE and business communities, the Administration and city agencies, and both state and city legislatures. Recently, the Mayor announced that the city awarded a historic $10 Billon to M/WBEs since 2015 or half the OneNYC goal. In addition, Mr. Doris recently led the city’s efforts to secure $41M investment from four city depository banks, Amalgamated, Bank of America, TD Bank and Union Bank. A portion of this investment was added to the city’s existing low interest $10M contract finance fund and $10M Emerging Developer Loan Fund.
Mr. Doris previously served as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), which oversees New York State's $4.4 billion recovery allocation for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. At GOSR, Mr. Doris developed and implemented strategic initiatives resulting in increased utilization of State and Federal M/WBEs and Section 3 businesses. He pioneered the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity and developed the GOSR’s Local Workforce Opportunities Program and Web Portal, two resources which continue to increase employment, business opportunities and enable thousands of M/WBEs, small businesses and local residents to participate in New York’s rebuilding efforts.
His professional career includes extensive experience in the energy, utility and government sectors working for Public Service Enterprise Group- Long Island (PSEG), Long Island Power Authority, KeySpan and in both State and City Government. He is also a former small business owner who understands firsthand the challenges M/WBEs face.