Empire State Development’s Strategic Business Division (SBD)
Senior Director of Industry Development
Brenda (Oettinger) Grober has worked at New York’s economic development agency since April, 1989. In June, 2011, she joined Empire State Development’s Strategic Business Division (SBD). As a Senior Director of Industry Development, she is responsible for targeted business attraction and expansion in the clean energy sector. Prior to that, Brenda was with ESD’s Environmental Services Unit, where she helped develop, review and oversee projects eligible for financial assistance from ESD’s Environmental Investment Program (EIP). During her years with the ESU, Brenda was awarded ESD’s Outstanding Personal Service Award as well as being named the Recycler of the Year – Public Agency by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling. Brenda has a BS degree in Atmospheric Science and earned a Master of Arts in Public Affairs from SUNY at Albany. She is married to George, and has two daughters, Samantha & Natalie.