Maria T. Osorio is a Special Advisor for Minority and/or Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Initiatives at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Maria is a proud, first generation Dominican, whose parents migrated to the United States in 1962 from Barahona, Dominican Republic.
Maria has over 20 years of experience in research, data analysis, policy development, compliance monitoring and a substantial knowledge of New York City procurement. At DYCD, Maria is responsible for developing, executing and managing an agency-wide program to increase Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) utilization. As a previous Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Maria was responsible for growing the base of minority and/or women owned businesses that can compete in the government market place and help connect them to contracting opportunities. While serving with the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, Maria specialized in construction contract analysis and her portfolio of New York City agencies included Dept. of Environmental Protection, Dept. of Transportation, Design and Construction, Parks & Recreation, and Sanitation. She has also served as a Project Manager with the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination and a Water Quality Scientist for both the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the State of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Maria holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Long Island University and an MPA in Public Administration from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College/CUNY.