About Riverhead IDA: Staff

Agency Staff

Tracy Stark-James - Executive Director/CEO

Prior to taking on the role as Executive Director for the Riverhead IDA, Tracy James was busy leading the Suffolk County/Town of Riverhead Empire Zone to the top ranking position amongst the 86 statewide zones in New York. Based on an annually assessed performance grade, the SC/TOR Empire Zone was ranked highest for the last three consecutive years of evaluation. Prior to public service, Ms. James managed the finance and operations for multi-million dollar, dual-company property management business before making a career move for a brief stint with the National Federation of Independent Business.

Ms. James holds a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University with continued educational credit in a number of fields including economic development finance, real estate, residential & commercial development. She is currently working toward her Economic Development Finance Professional Certification through the National Development Council. In addition to her personal successes in real estate investment, Tracy has been recognized by local organizations and received citations from State and Federal governments for her service to the community. She currently sits as the Treasurer on the Board of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Kent Animal Shelter, and the Suffolk County Industrial and Commercial Incentive Board.

Additionally successful at event planning and fundraising, Ms. James has previously served the community as a member of the Board of Directors of the East End Arts and Humanities Council, a member of Riverhead Rotary, Suffolk Theater Advisory Committee, Riverhead Small Business Advisory Committee and the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps.