Jocelynne Rainey, CEO

Jocelynne Rainey, President & CEO 

As Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), the not-for-profit corporation that manages and develops the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a nationally-recognized model urban industrial park, Dr. Rainey has been a key executive in the execution of a 100% corporate growth target over the next five years, leading the organization’s administrative, security, workforce development and human resource strategies incorporating over 240 staff members and a $15 million dollar budget.

Joining BNYDC in 2011 as the Vice President of Human Resources, Dr. Rainey quickly became interested in its Employment Center (EC), a cornerstone of its mission to create high quality employment opportunities for local residents. Dr. Rainey’s interest stemmed from her conviction that employment is a vital tool for improving the quality of life for marginalized communities. At the time, the EC was placing approximately 100 local residents in jobs on the Yard a year. Convinced by her passion, the then CEO promoted Dr. Rainey to Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Workforce Development. In that capacity, she shepherded the EC team into a new model of service; job placements doubled accompanied by a significant increase in the number of Yard tenant businesses partnering with the EC to recruit talent.

Under Dr. Rainey’s leadership, the Navy Yard last year matched over 500 New Yorkers in jobs and provided valuable early career experience to over 150 area students in the Yard’s thriving design, tech and manufacturing industries. Even more, the EC is partnering with the Department of Education in the creation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard S.T.E.A.M. Center, a high school program which re-envisions Career and Technical Education to give students real world experience while simultaneously addressing an oft-discussed talent deficit in the tech industry.

Dr. Rainey began her career in 1992 at the Independent Living Association as the Director of Training and Development. She then transitioned to become the Regional Human Resources Representative with industry giant Boar’s Head Provisions. Prior to arriving at BNYDC, she was the Human Resources Director for specialty food retailer Agata & Valentina.

Dr. Rainey is a member of the New York City Workforce Development Board, Trustee at Mark Morris Dance Group, and a member of the New York College of Technology Foundation Board of Directors. She holds a B.S. degree from Southern Connecticut University, an M.S. degree from Metropolitan College and recently earned a Doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College, where her research centered on under and unemployment of college graduates of color and the impact of social skills. She lives in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NY with husband, Dr. Perry Rainey, a high school principal and has two adult sons Pericles, a Brooklyn College graduate, and Andrew who attends Binghamton University.