Annika Lescott-Martinez was appointed Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President of Finance at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in February 2020. In this capacity, Ms. Lescott-Martinez leads the financial planning and analysis, accounting, payroll, risk management, and investment activities of the Authority. 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, Ms. Lescott-Martinez 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 and the President's Budget under the Obama and Trump administrations. Ms. Lescott-Martinez provided strategic oversight on the $40 billion budget of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, crafted national housing policy reforms, reviewed national public housing regulatory changes, and implemented landmark legislation to streamline workforce development programs. She also worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, an innovative community development financing institution where she facilitated reinvestment in low-income communities across the five boroughs.
Ms. Lescott-Martinez 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. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hotchkiss School.