Town of Austin Completes Economic Development Office Management Group

The Metropolis of Austin Economic Enhancement Office (EDD) is delighted to announce the remaining recruitment of its leadership crew with the choosing of David Gray as Assistant Director and Susana Carbajal as Deputy Director.

“With a robust leadership team in location, we are positioned to continue on restoration assist and sources for progress in tiny enterprise enhancement, cultural arts and tunes market rebound, heritage tourism, economic coverage for business enlargement, and redevelopment of town-owned assets,” points out Sylnovia Holt-Rabb, Director of the Financial Development Office. “We search forward to increased collaboration to create Austin’s long term.”
The Metropolis of Austin’s Economic Advancement Department supports and recruits organization to Austin. The mission is to endorse a competitive, sustainable and equitable overall economy for all via six divisions:

  • Cultural Arts plans combine arts and artists into economic advancement.
  • Worldwide Small business Expansion will increase employment and expenditure in Austin with courses that assist organization expansion and attraction.
  • Heritage Tourism courses intention to bring in visitors by preserving historic properties, internet sites, and districts.
  • Tunes & Amusement supports Austin’s venues, professional tunes enterprises, and musicians.
  • Redevelopment facilitates innovative partnerships and tasks to re-invigorate Austin neighborhoods and professional districts.
  • Smaller Enterprise will help tiny small business entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs who want to commence a little business enterprise.

David Grey as Assistant Director will oversee the Creative and Cultural Ecosystem, which features the Cultural Arts Division, Heritage Tourism Division, and Music & Enjoyment Division, as properly as the communications crew.

“I look forward to doing work with our neighborhood innovative and historic communities and making certain that our companies get to our most vulnerable neighbors,” notes David Grey. “We will continue on to sustain Austin’s planet-renowned cultural ecosystem by delivering applications, funding alternatives, and policies that make economic and group benefits for our community imaginative professionals and companies.”

Susana Carbajal as Deputy Director will oversee Business enterprise Engagement and Neighborhood Creating, which involves the Modest Business enterprise Division, Redevelopment Division, and Worldwide Company Growth Division, as properly as the administrative and finance groups.

“We will keep on to advocate for all Austinites via equitable development and small business programming.” notes Susana Carbajal. “Engaging our local organizations and developing inclusive communities are the basis of economic improvement.”



David Gray, Assistant Director

David initially joined EDD in March 2020 as the department’s Public Info & Promoting Plan Manager and set up the department’s to start with centralized communications team. David also served as EDD’s Financial Recovery Packages Job Supervisor when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Austin. In this function, he led 12 system launches in two a long time, which collectively distributed a lot more than $60 million dollars in crisis guidance for local businesses, creatives, and communities.

Most recently, David served as Interim Assistant Director for Austin’s Housing and Planning Office (HPD), where by he supported the Displacement Avoidance, Inclusive Organizing, and Strategic Facts Divisions. David’s experience prior to signing up for EDD features foremost local community engagement endeavours for the Austin Transportation Department’s Vision Zero Plan handling the Neighborhood Rewards Division for the San Francisco Public Utilities Fee serving as the Main of Staff for the Mayor of Richmond, CA and keeping other vital positions in outreach and policy with regional govt corporations. David earned his Grasp of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Bachelor’s levels from Tulane University.


Susana Carbajal

Susana Carbajal, Deputy Director

Susana joined EDD in August 2020 and has considering that supported redevelopment initiatives for Health South, Ryan Push, St. Johns, and Colony Park built the International Organization Expansion team to help workforce progress, business enterprise retention and enlargement initiatives, and generate local jobs and led the  completion of the tiny business requirements evaluation to guideline lessons, trainings, and resources required by Austin’s smaller organization group.    

Prior to EDD, Susana served additional than 10 a long time at the Austin-Bergstrom Global Airport. In her position as Main Deputy of Earnings, she strategically managed the airport’s company advancement, tenant administration, promoting, lawful and governmental affairs as well as oversaw the airport’s administration and data and details management software. Prior to functioning at AUS, Susana served as Main Counsel for the 2008 Democratic Countrywide Convention in Denver, Colorado, labored as an legal professional at the regulation organization of Brown McCarroll, LLP (now Husch Blackwell, LLP), served in the Business of Presidential Personnel at The White Residence for President Bill Clinton, and labored as a personnel assistant for Texas Congressman Ruben Hinojosa.

Over the years, Susana has voluntarily served on many boards of local community non-income organizations mostly to advocate for people in the community who require illustration when community coverage, neighborhood programs, and expert services are created and initiated in early childhood education and learning, health and fitness treatment, and workforce enhancement. Susana graduated magna cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C. and The University of Texas University of Law.


headshot of Sylnovia Holt-Rabb

Sylnovia Holt Rabb, Director

Sylnovia Holt Rabb has virtually 25 yrs of experience in accounting and monetary management by means of non-profit organizations and nearby govt. In 2000, Sylnovia started her job Town of Austin in the Neighborhood Housing and Neighborhood Progress Division as the Fiscal Manager. In 2009, Sylnovia transitioned to the Economic Development Division as the Money Manager. She has served on the Govt Group as Assistant Director (2014) and Deputy Director (2019), and Director (2020). She leads revolutionary applications that enhance the prosperity of Austinites, enterprises, and various neighborhoods, producing a cultural and financial environment that enhances the vitality of the community.

 During her tenure, Sylnovia was appointed as a Daniel Rose Fellow, City Land Institute Rose Middle for Public Management.  As fellow, Sylnovia, together with a few other colleagues, centered on equitable economic development especially all around compact enterprises in community of shade. Sylnovia is a graduate of Florida A&M College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business enterprise Administration. 


About the Town of Austin Economic Development Division

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