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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board's primary responsibility to is to screen and recommend candidates for the IBO director, who is selected for a four–year term by a special committee composed of the Comptroller, the Public Advocate, a Borough President chosen by the Borough Presidents, and a Council Member chosen by the Council. The Advisory Board also recommends candidates to fill Advisory Board vacancies, and members serve as informal advisors to the IBO. The Advisory Board currently meets about three times a year; the meetings typically include discussions of city fiscal conditions and briefings by IBO staff.

Advisory Board members are appointed for five-year terms by the Public Advocate and the City Comptroller. The City Charter spells out in detail the qualifications for Advisory Board members; abbreviated descriptions of the qualifications are shown below (affiliations are indicated for identification purposes only).

Jennifer March, Chair
Executive Director Citizens’ Committee for Children
(officer or former officer of a civic or public interest advocacy organization involved in budgetary matters)

Paquita Y. Davis-Friday
Interim Dean, Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College
(current or former dean of a graduate school of business administration in New York City)

Dean Fuleihan
Former First Deputy Mayor and Director for the City’s Office of Management and Budget
(former director of the New York State Division of Budget)

Darrick Hamilton
Director of The New School’s Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy and a Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy
(current or former dean of a graduate school of public policy located in New York City)

Melanie Hartzog
President and CEO of The New York Foundling
(nationally recognized expert in budget theory and the budgetary process)

Henry Garrido
Executive Director of District Council 37
(officer or former officer of, or economic advisor of, a labor union)

Wayne Ho
President/CEO Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc
(current or former officer of a human services advocacy organization)

Karim A. Hutson
Founder/Managing Member, Genesis Coporation
(current or former officer of a business corporation)

Mark Page
(former director of the New York City Office of Management and Budget)

Merih Uctum
Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
(current or former chair of a graduate economics department of a university in New York City)