The Next Generation of State and Local Leaders: Annika Lescott-Martinez

Location: Allison Dining Room, Fifth Floor, Taubman Building

Speaker(s): Annika Lescott-Martinez

Join the Taubman Center for a conversation with Annika Lescott-Martinez, Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President of Finance at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), about her personal and professional journey moderated by Taubman Center Executive Director Rafael Carbonell and co-sponsored by the Joint Center for Housing Studies.

In her capacity as CFO and VP of Finance, Annika leads the financial planning and analysis, accounting, payroll, risk management, and investment activities of NYCHA. She is also responsible for fiscal policy and financial performance of the Authority including the $4 billion operating budget, $1 billion investment portfolio, and the issuance of the annual financial statements for NYCHA and its subsidiaries.

Prior to joining NYCHA, Annika was a Presidential Management Fellow in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, where she worked on non-partisan housing policy analysis, provided strategic budget oversight, crafted and reviewed national housing policy reforms and regulatory changes, and implemented landmark legislation to streamline workforce development programs. She also worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a community development financing institution in New York City. Annika earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

A reception will follow the discussion.

This event is for Harvard ID holders only, and will not be livestreamed.

Co-Sponsor(s): Taubman Center for State and Local Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Headshot of Annika Lescott-Martinez.