When the governor or the mayor get behind a major development project, much of the planning and political strategizing has already been done by local officials and executives. When politicians tout New York City’s expanding tourism sector, the economic benefits are the result of hard work by business and nonprofit leaders. And when lawmakers announce plans to improve health outcomes and slow the rise of medical costs, they partner with leading hospitals and researchers to get the job done.

Many of the individuals who carry out these tasks behind the scenes are not elected, but they are often just as powerful as the officials that are voted into office. In this list, we identify some of these key players –  "the Influentials" – in the Bronx.

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You’ll meet academics who head some of the state’s top institutions of higher learning, business leaders who are investing in the borough’s revival and advocates who are confronting issues like affordable housing and environmental justice. We recognize their efforts and their achievements.

– Five Bronx business influencers you need to know.
– Five Bronx tourism influencers you need to know.
– Five Bronx health influencers you need to know.
– Five Bronx education influencers you need to know.
– Five Bronx nonprofit influencers you need to know.