Lorraine Grillo, who has worked at the School Construction Authority for more than two decades, was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction, Mayor de Blasio announced July 16.

She will retain her roles as President and CEO of the SCA, which she has held since 2010.

‘She Gets It Done’

“Lorraine Grillo is universally admired as someone who gets it done. She’s proven it with 75,000 new schools seats and now she is going to prove it on our streets and public buildings,” the Mayor said.

He credited her leadership for the SCA quickly repairing 71 schools damaged by Hurricane Sandy and opening 35 centers as part of his signature Pre-K for All initiative. The DDC has been criticized for its construction delays; a 2017 study published jointly by the Center for an Urban Future and the Citizens Budget Commission found that 73 percent of DDC-run capital projects took more than 1,000 days to finish and often cost more than private-sector development.

“We’ve worked very hard at the SCA on creating and improving projects across the five boroughs and I look forward to bringing that same type of efficiency to the DDC,” Ms. Grillo said.

She will be replacing Acting DDC Commissioner Ana Barrio, who is set to become Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Engineering Design and Construction. The Mayor also announced that Jamie Torres Springer, who was a Deputy Director in the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency after Hurricane Sandy and is married to Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, will become DDC’s First Deputy Commissioner.

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