AWIB 2015 Procurement Conference

Keynote Speaker


Scott M. Stringer
New York City Comptroller

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has spent his career in public service fighting for New York’s middle class, strengthening the City’s fiscal health and championing transparent and accountable leadership.  The New York Times described Mr. Stringer as a public servant “committed to the principles of good government,” and praised him as a “catalyst for reform.”  He was elected Comptroller on November 5, 2013. 

As investment advisor, custodian and trustee of the City’s $160 billion pension funds, Mr. Stringer is responsible for safeguarding the retirement security of 715,000 workers, retirees and their beneficiaries. He has introduced a six-point ethics reform package to significantly enhance accountability, transparency and ethics in the administration of these funds. He has continued the New York City Pension Funds’ strong tradition of shareowner engagement with publicly-held companies. In November, 2014, he launched the Boardroom Accountability Project, a nationwide campaign to give shareowners a stronger and more influential voice in how corporate boards are elected. The initiative targets 75 major companies in which New York City’s Funds’ invest, in an effort to shape board policies on diversity, climate change and CEO compensation. 

He has also pushed city agencies to engage women and minority-owned businesses more aggressively when it comes to granting contracts, and he appointed the City’s first-ever Chief Diversity Officer. Both initiatives are rooted in the belief that enhancing diversity leads to greater competition in the marketplace and ensures the long term health of City investments. 

As Comptroller, he launched Claimstat – a ground-breaking initiative designed to reduce the skyrocketing costs of legal claims against New York City and improve the quality of City services. In a series of hard-hitting audits, he has probed NYCHA, the City’s troubled public housing agency, and New York’s problem-plagued response to Hurricane Sandy. After his office released a report showing that Arts Education was disappearing in classrooms across the City, he worked to get $23 million put into the budget to restore it.

Throughout his career, Mr. Stringer has been a strong advocate for open government and community engagement. He implemented sweeping reforms in the State Legislature by building a coalition to end empty seat voting in the Assembly. His initiatives to promote greater transparency in the budget process have given New Yorkers a stronger voice in how government spends their tax dollars. 

Scott M. Stringer was born and raised in Washington Heights, where he attended local public schools and graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He and his wife, Elyse, live with their two sons, Maxwell and Miles, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. 




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