Long Island

Counties covered: Nassau and Suffolk 


With more than 20 years of New York-based economic development experience, Rosalie Drago is committed to building and cultivating engaged, flourishing communities. As Regional Director for Long Island since 2014, Rosalie works closely with Long Island employers, employees, lawmakers, and educators to promote commercial and residential interests. Her goal is to strengthen communities through the creation of a more skilled workforce. Through her efforts over the past two years, WDI has supported over 50 projects aimed at increasing worker skills and business capability on Long Island.  

Prior to joining WDI, Rosalie served as Vice President of Marketing and Membership for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce where her primary responsibilities included new member enrollment, retention of the chamber’s 1,500 member businesses, and generation of new corporate sponsorships. She also served as an independent Neighborhood Economic Development Specialist, where she organized Brooklyn merchants and community members to improve quality of life along vital retail corridors, oversaw the formation of small business education programs, and advocated for Kings County businesses with city and state agencies. Other positions held included Tourism Consultant for the Brooklyn Borough President and Tourism Marketing Director for iconic NYC destinations including the American Museum of Natural History and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.  

Devoted to the effective application of socioeconomic-development funds and programs, Rosalie thrives – and helps others thrive – at what she calls “the intersection of change”. Rosalie believes the fates of residents, businesses, and communities are intertwined and true prosperity comes from initiatives where there is mutual gain. The foundation of her undertakings is to lead people to opportunities where one person’s success begets another’s.

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