Mr. Thompson joined Siebert Brandford Shank in April 2010 as Senior Managing Director, having previously served as the Comptroller for the City of New York for 8 years—from January 2002 to December 2009. Mr. Thompson’s extensive experience in successfully managing the finances of one of the nation’s largest cities has afforded him unique insight into the needs of local municipal issuers. As Comptroller, Mr. Thompson also served as custodian and investment advisor to the five New York City Pension Funds, where he managed a combined portfolio amounting to more than $100 billion at the close of his tenure. In this role, Mr. Thompson invested hundreds of millions of dollars in affordable housing and commercial real estate in New York City. During his tenure, Mr. Thompson also worked with leaders of the financial services industry to reform the operations of the New York Stock Exchange, and spearheaded the City’s innovative Banking Development District program.
Mr. Thompson is a graduate of Tufts University. Prior to his work as Comptroller, he had served as Brooklyn Deputy Borough President and as a Member and five-term President of the New York City Board of Education. Mr. Thompson has also served as a Senior Vice President for Public Finance at an investment banking firm in the mid-1990s.