Carlo A. Scissura, a lifelong Brooklyn resident, has been the President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce since September 2012. Carlo lead’s one of New York’s largest business advocacy and economic development organizations with over 1,000 members. Prior to this, Carlo served as the Chief of Staff to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for five years.
Carlo, who was born and raised in Bensonhurst, has been an advocate for Brooklyn his entire career. After graduating from Pace University with a major in political science and Pace Law School, Carlo became involved in several civic and government activities. He served on the staffs of State Senator Vincent Gentile and Assemblyman Peter Abbate and later started a solo legal practice that became a thriving small business in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.
Carlo was elected to Community School Board 20 in 1999 and during his five years on the Board, Carlo reinvigorated both the Legislative and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committees and worked closely with parents and teachers.
He was appointed to the Community Education Council for District 20 in 2004, where he served as President and Chairman of the Legislative committee. During his time at the CEC, Carlo vigorously advocated for increased community and parental involvement, strengthened the cooperation among civic leaders and schools, and continued the relationships built during his years on the school board. Carlo was instrumental in having the School Construction Authority approve the largest capital construction plan for District 20. He also served as a member of Community Board 11.
In January 2008, Carlo became General Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Three months later, he was promoted to Chief of Staff. During his tenure, Carlo restructured government operations at Borough Hall and served as senior advisor to the Borough President. At the same time, he served on the 2010 New York City Charter Commission.
Carlo has served on the boards of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and the Brooklyn Public Library. He is also the Vice President of the Federation of Italian-American Organizations, where he has spearheaded the building of the new Italian Cultural and Community Center. He is also the Master of Ceremonies for the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade. Carlo has received numerous honors and awards for his work in the community.