DAS ELIUS VÉLEZ
Executive Director, Minority and Women Business Development, Empire State Development Corporation
Das Elius Vélez is a public spirited lawyer, playwright, essayist, executive producer of television specials, and impresario of international sporting events, political activist and fundraiser.
As a public servant, he has served as General Counsel to the 18th Congressional District, Special Counsel to the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Director of Education at Lincoln Correction Facility, Commissioner of New York State Parole Board, and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Academic affairs for City University of New York.
As an entrepreneurial lawyer, he was a Founding Partner of New York City's largest and most prominent Latino Law Firm, Carro, Vélez, A Shareholder (Partner) at Greenburg, Traurig, specializing in emerging Latino businesses and founder of Nos Angeles Ltd., an investment group for Latino businesses.
In 2004, Mr. Vélez was honored by El Diario as a distinguished member of the Latino community for establishing the New York City Fiesta Soccer Cup in which the National teams of Argentina and Peru played before 44,000 fans at Giant Stadium; the game was also viewed by 30 million fans in South America and Europe. In 2005, he produced a Latin Idol special for CBS called "Nueva Estrellas", which received very competitive Nielsen ratings.
Mr. Vélez currently practices law specializing in affordable housing, construction litigation and immigration. In the Bloomberg administration, Mr. Vélez has served on the Board of the Economic Development Corporation and as a member of the LMEC. Also, he has served as an ex-officio advisor on immigration and Latino affairs.
Mr. Vélez received a B.A. from Marist College and a J.D. from Georgetown University.