Joseph F. Scott, chairman of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and president/CEO of the Jersey City Medical Center, today announced the Board of Directors’ election of Maria Nieves as its new president and CEO, effective immediately. She will head up the organization which has facilitated the business and cultural life of Hudson County since 1888.
“We are fortunate to have Maria leading the chamber,” Scott said. “She brings a wealth of experience, talent and knowledge to the chamber and the landscape of Hudson County.”
Prior to joining the chamber, Nieves was the director of Public Affairs for Fidelity Investments in New York and New Jersey. In this role, she had responsibility for advancing the company’s public policy and business priorities in the region; establishing and maintaining relationships with local and state opinion leaders; identifying and implementing local sponsorships, and engaging employees as volunteers in the community.
“I’m excited to work with the business community of Hudson County, one of the most dynamic regions in the state,” said Nieves. “The Hudson chamber has a historic record and I’m honored to offer my talents and energy in its continued growth and development.”
Nieves began her career with Fidelity in 2000 as a senior training analyst with National Financial Services (NFS), Fidelity’s broker dealer. In this role, she focused on the development and delivery of operational training.
Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Nieves was instrumental in coordinating space and technology needs for Fidelity’s businesses in Lower Manhattan. As a result she was promoted to project manager in 2002, and played a critical role in ensuring a smooth and timely transition of the business to new space at the World Financial Center in New York City and the Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City. In April 2005, she became Fidelity’s director of Public Affairs in the region.
Nieves earned her undergraduate degree in history from Columbia College in New York City; a master of arts in education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a master of business administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
She currently serves as a member of the Saint Peter’s College Board of Regents, a member of the board of the Hudson County Community College Foundation, as well as an advisory board member of the Hudson County Chapter of the American Conference on Diversity. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership New Jersey.