Tim Sullivan

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“The Positive Impact of Immigrants in the Economy”


Tim Sullivan became Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) in February 2018. The NJEDA serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth and is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. 

During his tenure, Tim has led the NJEDA’s transformation into a comprehensive economic development organization, including the creation of new offices and initiatives aimed at implementing Governor Phil Murphy’s vision for a stronger and fairer economy by enhancing New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness in strategic sectors and communities across the state.  Tim has overseen the creation of the NJEDA’s Office of Economic Transformation, focused on catalyzing industry clusters; the Office of International Trade & Investment, the lead international business development office in State government; the Office of Policy, Planning, and Research, focused on policy development and implementation, program evaluation and economic reporting; and, a dedicated Small Business Unit charged with providing robust financial, workforce, and technical support to the State’s small business community, with a focus on historically underrepresented firms.

Tim most recently served as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), where he oversaw State tourism and branding, brownfield redevelopment, transit-oriented development, and waterfront initiatives. Tim joined the DECD in January 2014 and became Deputy Commissioner the next year. Tim previously served as Chief of Staff to the New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, focusing on transportation and transit-oriented development, brownfield redevelopment, waterfront, and maritime/port redevelopment, public and affordable housing policy, small business support, infrastructure finance, and public/private partnerships. 

Before joining the city government in 2010, Tim worked at Barclays Capital as Chief of Staff to the Head of Global Investment Banking. He began his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers in 2003 as a healthcare banker, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions for leading companies in the managed care, biotechnology, and healthcare services sectors.
Tim is a graduate of Georgetown University.  

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