Sayar Lonial is the Executive Director of Marketing & Communications at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, in Brooklyn. In that capacity he oversees community outreach and maintains a wide variety of public-private partnerships to further the school’s multifaceted mission: creating technology aimed at solving the world’s most pressing problems; encouraging tech entrepreneurship and the growing Innovation Economy; and educating a new generation of engineers committed to academic excellence, visionary research, and diversity. Prior to helping oversee the merger between NYU and Polytechnic University in 2014, Lonial served as Director of Community Affairs for NYU and aided in the passage of the NYU expansion plan in 2013.
Lonial’s other current titles include President of the Dumbo BID Board of Directors, Executive Board Member at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and Board Representative to the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. He is a former Chair of Brooklyn Community Board 6.
Previously, Lonial served as the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s Director of Planning & Development, ensuring community input into the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001 attacks and overseeing such initiatives as the rehabilitation and creation of more than 30 new parks and open spaces in Lower Manhattan and the creation and preservation of some 3,000 affordable units in Tribeca, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side. Prior to that he served on the Master Planning team for Brooklyn Bridge Park.