Maria A. Grasso
Maria A. Grasso joined Flushing Financial Corporation in 2006 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2007, she was elected Corporate Secretary. Ms. Grasso is responsible for managing the Distribution and Client Development for the Retail Bank, Ethnic Markets, Business Banking, Government Banking, Internet Banking, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales and Operations of the Bank.
Prior to joining Flushing Financial, she held the title of Senior Vice President and Division Head of The Bank of New York for Long Island and Queens, overseeing an organization that served the personal and small business banking needs of customers throughout 102 branches.
Ms. Grasso has been in the banking business for over 29 years, beginning her career with Chase Manhattan after graduating from Hofstra University with a BBA in Finance. She went on to receive her MBA in Marketing from Adelphi University in 1989.
Charitable organizations have benefited from Ms. Grasso's leadership and support. An advocate of volunteerism, she has volunteered for the March of Dimes, Long Island Care, Bias Help of Long Island, Women's Fund of Long Island, the American Cancer Society, and Long Island Association for AIDS Care and Long Island Network of Community Services. In addition, she has raised thousands of dollars for organizations such as the American Kidney Fund, Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Harbor Child Care, Long Island Museum and the YMCA of Long Island.
Ms. Grasso is currently Chair elect for Long Island's United Way and a former chairperson of the Retail Banking Division Committee for the New York Bankers Association. Ms. Grasso recently received the Distinguished Volunteer Leadership Award at the Monsignor Hartmann Humanitarian Luncheon sponsored by ACIT. In 2013, she was honored by the American Kidney Fund, the Long Island Conservatory of Music and The Italian Board of Guardians. In 2011, Ms. Grasso was named Outstanding Executive by Adelphi University. In 2010, she was selected as a cohonoree at the Go Red for Women Luncheon benefiting the American Heart Association. In 2009, she was named as a Who's Who in Banking by Long Island Business News and honored as a 2009 Women Achievers Against the Odds by The Long Island Fund for Women and Girls. Ms. Grasso has also been honored by Cancercare of Long Island, Harbor Child Care, Long Island Museum, the YMCA and the Center for Business and Professional Women. She was also selected as one of the top 50 Long Island women and one of the top 10 Business Women of the Year in Queens.