AWIB 2016 Procurement Conference

Guest Speaker


Scott M. Stringer
New York City Comptroller

Scott M. Stringer, the New York City Comptroller, serves as the City’s Chief Financial Officer. The Comptroller is responsible for safeguarding the fiscal health of the City, rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in City government, and ensuring the effective performance of City agencies in serving the needs of New Yorkers. Mr. Stringer is also the investment advisor, custodian, and trustee of the City’s $160 billion pension funds, and is responsible for protecting the retirement security of over 700,000 New Yorkers.

During his time as Comptroller, Mr. Stringer has focused on bringing more accountability and transparency to the pension funds, and has launched initiatives to increase the participation of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses seeking to do business with the City. As part of this effort, the Comptroller issues an annual report grading each City agency’s spending with M/WBEs. He appointed the City’s first Chief Diversity Officer to develop innovative solutions that expand economic opportunity--not just in city government but in corporate America as well.

Notably, Mr. Stringer and the NYC Pension Funds led a trailblazing effort to consider diversity when deciding whether to hire investment firms to manage pension funds, and he is leading the Boardroom Accountability Project--a nationwide campaign to give shareowners the right to nominate directors at U.S. companies using the company ballot, known as “proxy access.” This project has had unparalleled success in making proxy access a reality, with over 215 U.S. companies adopting the proposal since 2014, including dozens of companies targeted for inadequate board diversity, among other issues.

Mr. Stringer was elected Comptroller on November 5, 2013 after serving for eight years as the Manhattan Borough President. Mr. Stringer previously served in the New York State Assembly representing Manhattan’s West Side for 13 years. He was born and raised in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. He and his wife, Elyse, live with their two sons, Maxwell and Miles, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.



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