Hope Knight is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and the general management of the organization. The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) is a government initiative designed to revitalize distressed communities by using public funds and tax incentives as catalysts for private investment. Prior to her current role as COO of UMEZ, Hope was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley in the Institutional Equities Division. She also served as Head of Strategic Planning and Vice President of E-Commerce at Morgan Stanley, Japan.Ms. Knight’s professional experience also includes working as a Senior Consultant at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) and at the City of New York Department of General Services as the Director of Office Planning and Analysis, in the Office of the Commissioner. Ms. Knight holds a Bachelor of Arts from MarymountManhattanCollege and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.