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Metropolis of Austin Completes Financial Growth Division Management Workforce – AustinTexas.gov


The City of Austin Economic Development Department (EDD) is happy to announce the ultimate recruitment of its management workforce with the hiring of David Grey as Assistant Director and Susana Carbajal as Deputy Director.

“With a powerful management workforce in place, we’re positioned to proceed restoration assist and sources for development in small enterprise improvement, cultural arts and music business rebound, heritage tourism, financial coverage for enterprise enlargement, and redevelopment of city-owned property,” explains Sylnovia Holt-Rabb, Director of the Financial Growth Division. “We stay up for elevated collaboration to construct Austin’s future.”
The Metropolis of Austin’s Financial Growth Division helps and recruits enterprise to Austin. The mission is to advertise a aggressive, sustainable and equitable economic system for all by six divisions:

  • Cultural Arts packages combine arts and artists into financial improvement.
  • Global Business Expansion will increase jobs and funding in Austin with packages that assist enterprise enlargement and attraction.
  • Heritage Tourism packages intention to draw vacationers by preserving historic buildings, websites, and districts.
  • Music & Entertainment helps Austin’s venues, industrial music companies, and musicians.
  • Redevelopment facilitates progressive partnerships and tasks to re-invigorate Austin neighborhoods and industrial districts.
  • Small Business helps small enterprise homeowners and entrepreneurs who wish to begin a small enterprise.

David Grey as Assistant Director will oversee the Inventive and Cultural Ecosystem, which incorporates the Cultural Arts Division, Heritage Tourism Division, and Music & Leisure Division, in addition to the communications workforce.

“I stay up for working with our native inventive and historic communities and making certain that our companies attain our most susceptible neighbors,” notes David Grey. “We are going to proceed to maintain Austin’s world-renowned cultural ecosystem by delivering packages, funding alternatives, and insurance policies that produce financial and group advantages for our native inventive professionals and organizations.”

Susana Carbajal as Deputy Director will oversee Enterprise Engagement and Neighborhood Constructing, which incorporates the Small Enterprise Division, Redevelopment Division, and International Enterprise Enlargement Division, in addition to the executive and finance groups.

“We are going to proceed to advocate for all Austinites by equitable improvement and enterprise programming.” notes Susana Carbajal. “Participating our native companies and constructing inclusive communities are the muse of financial improvement.”

David Gray

David Grey, Assistant Director

David initially joined EDD in March 2020 because the division’s Public Data & Advertising Program Supervisor and established the division’s first centralized communications workforce. David additionally served as EDD’s Financial Restoration Packages Venture Supervisor when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Austin. On this position, he led 12 program launches in two years, which collectively distributed greater than $60 million {dollars} in emergency assist for native companies, creatives, and communities.

Most lately, David served as Interim Assistant Director for Austin’s Housing and Planning Division (HPD), the place he supported the Displacement Prevention, Inclusive Planning, and Strategic Knowledge Divisions. David’s expertise previous to becoming a member of EDD consists of main group engagement efforts for the Austin Transportation Division’s Imaginative and prescient Zero Program; managing the Neighborhood Advantages Division for the San Francisco Public Utilities Fee; serving because the Chief of Workers for the Mayor of Richmond, CA; and holding different key positions in outreach and coverage with native authorities organizations. David earned his Grasp of Public Coverage from the College of California, Berkeley, and his Bachelor’s levels from Tulane College.


Susana Carbajal

Susana Carbajal, Deputy Director

Susana joined EDD in August 2020 and has since supported redevelopment efforts for Well being South, Ryan Drive, St. Johns, and Colony Park; constructed the International Enterprise Enlargement workforce to assist workforce improvement, enterprise retention and enlargement efforts, and create native jobs; and led the  completion of the small enterprise wants evaluation to information courses, trainings, and sources wanted by Austin’s small enterprise group.    

Previous to EDD, Susana served greater than 10 years on the Austin-Bergstrom Worldwide Airport. In her position as Chief Deputy of Income, she strategically managed the airport’s enterprise improvement, tenant administration, promoting, authorized and governmental affairs in addition to oversaw the airport’s administration and data and data administration program. Previous to working at AUS, Susana served as Chief Counsel for the 2008 Democratic Nationwide Conference in Denver, Colorado, labored as an lawyer on the regulation agency of Brown McCarroll, LLP (now Husch Blackwell, LLP), served within the Workplace of Presidential Personnel at The White Home for President Invoice Clinton, and labored as a employees assistant for Texas Congressman Ruben Hinojosa.

Over time, Susana has voluntarily served on varied boards of group non-profit organizations primarily to advocate for these in the neighborhood who want illustration when public coverage, group packages, and companies are developed and initiated in early childhood schooling, well being care, and workforce improvement. Susana graduated magna cum laude from American College in Washington, D.C. and The College of Texas College of Regulation.


Sylnovia Holt-Rabb

Sylnovia Holt Rabb, Director

Sylnovia Holt Rabb has almost 25 years of expertise in accounting and monetary administration by non-profit firms and native authorities. In 2000, Sylnovia started her profession Metropolis of Austin within the Neighborhood Housing and Neighborhood Growth Division because the Monetary Supervisor. In 2009, Sylnovia transitioned to the Financial Growth Division because the Monetary Supervisor. She has served on the Government Workforce as Assistant Director (2014) and Deputy Director (2019), and Director (2020). She leads progressive packages that improve the prosperity of Austinites, companies, and numerous neighborhoods, making a cultural and financial setting that enhances the vitality of the group.

 Throughout her tenure, Sylnovia was appointed as a Daniel Rose Fellow, City Land Institute Rose Heart for Public Management.  As fellow, Sylnovia, together with three different colleagues, targeted on equitable financial improvement particularly round small companies in group of colour. Sylnovia is a graduate of Florida A&M College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Grasp of Enterprise Administration. 


Concerning the Metropolis of Austin Financial Growth Division

The Metropolis of Austin Financial Growth Division helps enterprise development, inventive industries, and native communities. These packages construct an equitable, sustainable economic system to enhance the lives of all Austin residents. To study extra about useful sources, go to www.austintexas.gov/edd and subscribe to our newsletter. Join with us @AustinEconDev on Facebook@AustinEconDev on Twitter, and @AustinEconDev on YouTube.


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