Norma Abbene is the Chairman and CEO of Abbene | Smith Global LLC, an international consulting firm that focuses on creating real world practical solutions for corporations seeking to integrate their sustainability initiatives into the core mission of their organizations.
Prior to co-founding Abbene | Smith Global, Ms. Abbene was a senior leader in the Administration of former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including serving as Chief of Staff for Legal Affairs and Deputy Counsel. Her portfolio included a number of the Administration’s economic development initiatives including expanding the role of public private partnerships and making targeted investments in a number of the City’s growing businesses. She also spearheaded integration of alternative dispute resolution into the fabric of the NYC court system.
Ms. Abbene has also served as the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Economic Development for the Puerto Rico Industrial Company and as a corporate attorney and principal executive. Her core expertise lies in economic and legal policy, strategy development and sustainability/brand enhancement. She is a graduate of CUNY-Queens College and New York University School of Law. She is admitted into practice in New York, South Carolina (inactive) and Florida and is a member of the American Bar Association International Law Committee.