Diversity and Inclusion


"Diversity at DASNY is not just about meeting mandates. It’s about bringing top talent, multiple perspectives, and best solutions to every project. This is why a commitment—to business enterprises owned by minorities, women, and service-disabled veterans—permeates everything we do."

Gerrard P. Bushell, Ph.D.

DASNY President & CEO

DASNY is committed to providing real opportunities for MWSBE and SDVOB companies to compete.

Diversity in Finance.
We set and meet Minority-, Women-Business Enterprise (MWBE) and Service- Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) participation goals for public clients.

Diversity in Construction and Professional Services.
We require all contractors, consultants and providers to use qualified MWBE and SDVOB firms. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s statewide construction-related goal for MWBE participation is 30%.

Diversity in Procurement.
Our Resource Acquisition team serves as our watchdog for MWBE issues. It approves every MWBE utilization plan, reviews actual MWBE participation on every project, and reaches out to prime contractors who need more MWBE firms to meet their goals.

By weaving MWBEs and SDVOBs into all we do, we broaden opportunity for all New Yorkers—and bring an unprecedented level of excellence to your next project.

MBE and SBE 67%
Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, a CUNY set-aside campus, realized a 67 percent MBE and SBE participation rate for its $19.6 million library expansion and welcome center project.
MWBE 30%
DASNY can help you reach Governor Cuomo’s 30% MWBE utilization rate.
MWSBE Program Brochure

Meet Our Diversity & Inclusion Team for MWSBEs and SDVOBs

Michael M. Clay

Senior Director–Opportunity Programs Group

[email protected]

(518) 257-3464

Wayne A. Benjamin, Assistant Director - Opportunity Programs Group – Downstate | (212) 273-5114

Thomas E. Christian, Assistant Director - Opportunity Programs Group – Upstate | (518) 257-3795

Charles J. Croskey, MWBE Business Development & Outreach Coordinator - Opportunity Programs Group | (212) 273-5115

Programs for Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses & Service-Disabled Veterans
Financial and Professional Services
We work diligently to increase opportunities for professional and financial services companies owned by minorities and women.
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Construction-Related Professional Services
DASNY plays a significant role in New York State’s economic growth and actively pursues MWSBEs and SDVOBs in construction-related professional services.
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Construction Contracting Programs
We establish MWBE and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) goals on construction projects valued at $100,000 or more.
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Commodity Compliance
DASNY’s purchasing unit uses the New York State Contract System and other resources to locate potential minority and women vendors interested in bidding opportunities for commodities.
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CUNY Set Aside for MBEs and SBEs
The City University of New York (CUNY) Set-Aside Program designates purchases and contracts for construction and services at four CUNY campuses to be bid by minority and small businesses only.
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Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBs)
Administered by the New York State Office of General Services (NYSOGS), this program identifies procurement and contracting opportunities for companies owned by service-disabled veterans.
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