Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) announced today that longtime Long Island advocate and community leader Tracey A. Edwards has accepted the position of Senior Vice President – New York Corporate Social Responsibility Officer (CSRO). In this role, she will oversee and integrate all initiatives related to corporate social responsibility for the planned integrated resort in Uniondale.
Robert Goldstein, chairman and CEO of Sands said, “We are proud and honored to have Tracey Edwards join Las Vegas Sands in this very important role. Tracey’s knowledge of and commitment to corporate responsibility truly makes her an outstanding choice for this position. We know she will make a profoundly important contribution to our project in New York and beyond.”
Edwards currently serves as Long Island Regional Director of the NAACP and as a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors. She is a former Town of Huntington Councilwoman and former executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk. She most recently served as Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission, announcing her retirement late last week.
Edwards said, “Nurturing collaborative and productive relationships with Long Island’s communities and organizations is a critical opportunity for Sands, and one I’m excited to be leading. In this role, I look forward to putting my experience in municipal government, public advocacy, and community engagement to use to ensure that the proposed Sands project delivers for Long Island.”
Former New York State Governor and Senior Vice President for Las Vegas Sands David Paterson said, “Tracey has spent her life and career fighting for Long Islanders. By working with Las Vegas Sands in this capacity Tracey will be one of the main voices making sure that if LVS’s bid for a downstate gaming license is successful, our local communities will see real and long-lasting benefits. Undoubtedly, she will also be an asset to the Sands team as they continue to develop leading social responsibility policies for their corporate peers.”
To date, Sands’ community engagement efforts have included multiple procurement academies hosting over 1,000 Long Island small businesses with a focus on how local minority, women and veteran-owned enterprises can contract with the Sands. They have announced a workforce training partnership with Nassau Community College and plans for new degree programs with Long Island University. In addition, Sands established the Sands Cares Youth Empowerment Initiative as part of its global priority on youth education and mentoring. Creating opportunities for today’s youth builds tomorrow’s leaders and supports the company’s overarching goal of helping sustain thriving communities that are great places to live, work and visit.