Preston Niblack was appointed commissioner of the Department of Finance by Mayor Eric Adams in December 2021.
Mr. Niblack served as deputy city comptroller for budget from 2016 through 2021, responsible for monitoring New York City’s budget and fiscal condition, analyzing and reporting on the City budget, and issuing reports on various budgetary and economic issues.
Prior to joining the Comptroller’s Office, Mr. Niblack was a senior advisor in the New York City Government Affairs Division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, and served as a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission.
Mr. Niblack served as director of the Finance Division for the New York City Council under Speaker Christine Quinn from 2008 to 2014, leading negotiations on the City budget on behalf of the City Council and developing legislative and policy initiatives in budget and tax policy, housing, economic development, and other areas.
Prior to this role, Mr. Niblack was deputy director at the New York City Independent Budget Office for eight years, and a senior analyst for two years. He also worked as an economist in the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue and was employed from 1986 to 1995 as an associate social scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, and Washington, DC.
Commissioner Niblack has a Ph.D. (1994) and MPA (1986) in Policy Sciences from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and a B.A. from Middlebury College.