Suzanne Veira is the New York City School Construction Authority’s (SCA) Chief Diversity Officer. As the Agency’s Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. Veira is responsible for delivering innovative solutions to increase contract opportunities for minorities, women and local business enterprise. In this capacity, she is responsible for the Business Development Division (BDD) in the management of the SCA's Minority, Women and Locally Based Enterprise (MWLBE) programs; oversight and enforcement of compliance with the SCA’s MWLBE participation goals; the management of the Authority’s internship programs; capacity building and technical assistance services for MWLBE firms; and in coordination with the Construction Management Division the development and oversight of the Authority’s Mentor and Graduate Mentor Programs. Since joining the SCA in 2007, as the Director of Operations, Suzanne has been instrumental in developing new systems and procedures to streamline and improve accountability and transparency in the Division’s implementation and oversight of the SCA’s minority and women business programs. Suzanne’s experience prior to joining the SCA includes over thirty-five (35) years of government experience in roles as Executive Director of Procurement Initiatives for the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the Director of Capital Budget for the NYC Department of Corrections and an Audit Analyst for the Mayor’s Office of Operations. She received her BA from the University of Maryland and attended LIU for her MPA.