Assistant Comptroller for Environmental, Social and Governance
New York City Office of the Comptroller
Michael Garland is Assistant Comptroller for Environmental, Social and Governance for New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. The Comptroller serves as investment advisor, custodian and a trustee to the New York City Pension Funds, which have approximately $135 billion in assets and a long history of active ownership on issues of corporate governance and sustainability. Mr. Garland and his team are responsible for developing and implementing the Funds’ active ownership programs for public equities, including voting proxies, engaging portfolio companies on their environmental, social and governance policies and practices, and advocating for regulatory reforms to protect investors and strengthen shareholder rights. He also co-chairs the Activism Committee of the Council of Institutional Investors.
Mr. Garland has over 25 years of experience in finance and investment. Prior to joining the Comptroller’s Office in September 2010, he led company-specific and regulatory initiatives to enhance corporate governance for the AFL-CIO Office of Investment and the CtW Investment Group, which he helped establish in January 2006 as part of the Change to Win labor federation. He has financed middle market corporations as Assistant Vice President for National Westminster Bank USA and provided financial consulting as Senior Associate at Locker Associates.