Women's Entrepreneurship Week 2018: Elizabeth Velez





Elizabeth Velez
President, Velez Organization


Elizabeth Velez is the President of the Velez Organization, a second-generation construction firm started in 1972 by her father, Andrew Velez. Ms. Velez has successfully earned a position as one of the integral principals of Velez Organization, as well as a supporter and leader of diversity and business issues facing the construction industry.


In addition to project involvement and corporate responsibilities, Ms. Velez is a staunch advocate for diversity in procurement and employment. In that capacity she co-chaired a seminar on Women Entrepreneurship for the New York State Assembly, and has been interviewed by major news outlets.


Ms. Velez serves as Co-Chair of the New York City Mentorship Advisory Board, is a member of the diversity advisory boards for the New York State Department of Transportation, New York City Small Business Services, New York City School Construction Authority and New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Ms. Velez chairs the Latino Builders Council and serves on the boards of the Association of Minority Enterprises of New York, ACE Mentor Program of America – New York, the New York Building Congress and the Women Builders Council. She is on the Board of Trustees of Boricua College. On the international front, Ms. Velez is Co-Chair of Iran 180 – an organization that advocates for human rights and the end of the threat of nuclear arms proliferation in Iran.


In April 2013, Ms. Velez was invited to the White House for a “Women in Transportation” roundtable forum.


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