Luc El-Art Severe, J.D. is Vice President of Small Business and Workforce Development. In this role, Luc will lead this new unit created to support economic vibrancy and vitality that fosters the creation of a citywide public-private network that connects post pandemic contracting opportunities and needs within the Black Communities to support a just and equitable recovery.
Over the past decade, Luc has held several leadership positions where he has advised and developed recommendations for improving business processes and development, project management, performance practice, and resource management based on analytical findings. He is a process and performance improvement engineer certified in Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt. Luc serves on the National Advisory Committee to the Directorate of the U.S. Census Bureau and General Counsel for the K B S Limited Foundation. He has been recognized in both the Network Journal's and the National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 for his service, recipient of the Community Service Award by the Long Island Branch of the National Association of University Women (NAUW), awarded an official Citation by the Brooklyn Borough President and the NYC Commission on Human Rights, and recognized in a January spotlight by the Association for a Better NY.
Luc has participated in several relief efforts notably serving as Senior Advisor and Stakeholder Engagement Lead for the Virgin Islands of the United States Governor’s Hurricane Recovery Taskforce immediately following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, and translator for a delegation of physicians from Morehouse School of Medicine who responded to post-earthquake medical needs for Haiti in 2010. Luc is a proud alum of Morehouse College and earned his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.