Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy Appoints Distinguished Policy Fellow

January 14, 2014

The Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy at the McDonough School of Business has named Natwar Gandhi, former chief financial officer for the District of Columbia, as a Distinguished Policy Fellow.

“We will benefit tremendously from Natwar Gandhi’s extensive experience in the public sector,” said Reena Aggarwal, director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy and professor of finance. “Our shared objective is to engage leading academics, business people, and policymakers in dialogue regarding critical public policy issues relating to global financial markets. We look forward to welcoming him to our team.”

Gandhi served 13 years as the District’s CFO, where he managed approximately $7 billion in annual operating and capital funds, before retiring in December 2013. During his tenure, Gandhi managed the District’s financial operations, which included overseeing more than 1,000 staff members in the tax and revenue administration; the treasury, the comptroller, and budget offices; economic/fiscal analysis and revenue estimation functions; agency financial operations; and the D.C. Lottery.

Gandhi built on the District’s financial progress by securing multiple rating upgrades from the major rating agencies for its golden obligation bonds. He worked closely with congressional committees and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Staff that oversees District affairs.

In 2007, Gandhi was named one of Governing Magazine’s Public Officials of the Year and Washingtonian magazine’s 150 most powerful public officials. He also was named one of Washingtonian’s 2006 Washingtonians of the Year and was a recipient of the Association of Government Accountants’ 2007 Distinguished Local Government Leadership Award. His other honors include The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Meritorious Leadership Award and the D.C. Chamber of Commerce Impact Award, as well as the Achievement of the Year Awards from the AGA (National chapter in 2000 and Washington, D.C., chapter in 1999). He also received the President’s Award from the Greater Washington Society of CPAs in 2000, and Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service Award from GAO.

In 2005, the National Academy of Public Administration elected Gandhi as a fellow for his “sustained exemplary contributions and continuing active commitment to the improvement of public administration.” He also is a member of the Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C.

Gandhi holds a doctorate in accounting from Louisiana State University, an MBA from Atlanta University, and an LLB and BComm in accounting from the University of Bombay.

About The Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy
The Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy provides innovative and impactful thought leadership for global financial markets. The center hosts dialogues, conferences, and events, and plays a leading role in the creation and dissemination of relevant and rigorous research on critical policy and regulatory issues. Learn more at http://finpolicy.georgetown.edu/.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.

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