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Brian Stenson

Brian Stenson has extensive senior-level executive experience with New York State, supplemented by recent work in public policy research and consulting. He has broad experience in financial management, capital and debt financing, program management and performance measurement.

Currently an independent management consultant, Brian has worked with New York state agencies, the US Treasury, the National Association of State Budget Officers and other groups. Before that, as Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, Brian wrote numerous reports on state government finances and addressed groups of state government leaders in New York and other states. He also served as a fiscal and budget advisor on a gubernatorial transition team.

Previously, Brian was Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business for the State University of New York. He oversaw the finances of the SUNY system, including the operating budgets of the campuses and hospitals, financial management and reporting, internal controls, procurement, human resources, other business functions, and capital planning and financing for residence halls. Brian led efforts to re-engineer financial and operating practices at the University, focusing on providing increased financial autonomy to campuses within a system of enhanced central oversight.

Prior to joining SUNY, Brian served in the New York State Division of the Budget, most recently as Deputy Director for Fiscal Planning, Management and Authorities. He was responsible for developing the state's financial plan including economic forecasts, projections of receipts and disbursements, the state's borrowing and capital plan, public authorities and local government relations. Brian also served in the Division’s Management Systems Unit working on local government fiscal problems, and on management studies of state agencies and programs.

Brian received his Bachelor’s degree in political science and Master's in public administration from the State University of New York at Albany.

Areas of Expertise:

State and local government budgeting
Program management and evaluation
Organizational analysis
Capital planning and financing
Financial reporting and disclosure