Maria A. Grasso

Maria A. Grasso is senior executive vice president, chief operating officer and corporate secretary of Flushing Financial Corporation and Flushing Bank. She joined the bank in 2006 as chief operating officer and was elected corporate secretary in 2007. 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. She has been in the banking business for 30 years, beginning her career with Chase Manhattan. 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.

Grasso is president of the Hofstra University Zarb Business School Alumni Association, and a former chair of United Way of Long Island's board of directors and a former chairperson of the Retail Banking Division Committee for the New York Bankers Association. 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. In 2016, she received the Distinguished Volunteer Leadership Award at the Monsignor Hartmann Humanitarian Luncheon sponsored by ACIT. Grasso has a BBA in finance from Hofstra University and an MBA in marketing from Adelphi University.