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Joseph Stefko, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Stefko

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Dr. Joseph Stefko is the 10th President and Chief Executive Officer of CGR, the Rochester NY-headquartered consulting research organization founded by George Eastman in 1915. CGR is an industry leader in providing strategic guidance and implementation assistance to public sector, educational and nonprofit clients.

A Buffalo NY native, Dr. Stefko was named CGR’s Director of Public Finance in 2008 and Vice President in February 2012. In those capacities, he directed the organization’s public finance and government restructuring engagements, working on issues related to consolidation, budgeting, municipal fiscal distress, service delivery and government management. His project work has spanned counties, cities, towns, villages and school districts in New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Massachusetts. Notably, he directed CGR’s landmark 2010-11 municipal consolidation engagement for the Township and Borough of Princeton NJ, which resulted in voter approval of that state’s largest local government merger in 60 years and, significantly, the first under the state’s Local Option Municipal Consolidation law.

Dr. Stefko serves on the Government Accounting Standards Advisory Council, the national body that assists the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in the standard-setting process for financial reporting by public sector entities nationwide. He is appointed to that position by the member organizations of the national Governmental Research Association.

Dr. Stefko rejoined CGR in 2008 after spending nearly 5 years on senior staff to the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority (BFSA), the NYS financial control board responsible for monitoring the fiscal condition of the City of Buffalo, the Buffalo Public Schools and other critical city agencies, including the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency and Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. He served as Principal Analyst and Deputy Director of BFSA before being named Acting Executive Director in 2007. Under the control board’s guidance, the City generated more than $230 million in budgetary savings, experienced a 4-fold increase in fund balance reserves and earned multiple credit rating upgrades from Wall Street.

Dr. Stefko worked at CGR twice earlier in his career, from 1998-00 as a Research Associate and from 2002-03 as a Senior Associate. He was recognized by Buffalo Business First as a “40 Under Forty” rising leader award winner in 2005.

A four-year volunteer coach for Penfield Little League, he serves on the Business Advocacy and Community Issues Committee of the Rochester Business Alliance and The Community Foundation’s ACT Rochester Advisory Committee.

He holds B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude), M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, with doctoral concentrations in public policy and subnational / local government. Dr. Stefko has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Public Administration at the State University of New York College at Brockport, as well as the Departments of Political Science and Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo.

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