Managing Director of Business Development, Consultant, and Project Manager in Rochester, New York
Ana Liss is the Managing Director of Business Development at Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), the business attraction and economic development engine responsible for stimulating growth in the 9-county Finger Lakes region. In collaboration with stakeholders, Ana works to guide and implement economic development projects, including fulfillment of the $500 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative and ventures tied to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. She is a frontline contact for international corporate site selectors and companies seeking to expand or locate in Rochester and the Finger Lakes.
After time spent as a TV news anchor and reporter in two news markets, Ana developed interest in finding solutions to struggles faced by small- and mid-sized cities in New York amid the onslaught of the Great Recession. She left news to pursue graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed a fellowship at a regional economic think tank and gained experience in research, analysis, and project management geared towards shoring up regional prosperity.
Subsequent roles included serving as a consultant to fiscally-stressed communities for the Center for Governmental Research; launching and managing New York’s first Economic Gardening program for GRE; and the prestigious Empire State Fellowship, through which she served the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo as a policy advisor and analyst in Albany from 2013-2015. She most recently worked for Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management as Manager of Corporate Relations, nurturing the vital links between higher education and industry.
Ana holds an MPA from Penn and a magna cum laude BA in Journalism from the Ithaca College Park School of Communications; as well as an MBA certificate in Innovation Management and Technology Transfer from SUNY. She is a passionate advocate for fostering economic opportunity across New York and all over the globe through innovative policies and programs to reinforce business expansion, entrepreneurship, and talent retention.