Michael Garner Chief Diversity Officer, MTA
After a long and distinguished career at the New York City School Construction Authority (“SCA”), Michael J. Garner was recruited and appointed as Chief Diversity Officer at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters in New York City. Mr. Garner is responsible for the development and expansion of Minority, Women-Owned, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Programs; MWDBE Contract Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement; Title VI and Equal Employment Opportunities Programs; and other existing activities and functions within the MTA’s Department of Diversity and Civil Rights. Mr. Garner’s professional experience has been enhanced by his record and achievement in public service at the New York City Housing Authority in the areas of Finance and Procurement Management. Mr. Garner has a long history in the minority business community and is a passionate advocate for long range minority small business development.
After graduating from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business/Economics, Mr. Garner began his professional career in management at the Hueblein Corporation. Mr. Garner has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work in creating opportunities for Minority, Women-owned and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. Most recently, the United States Small Business Administration (“SBA”) presented its Minority Small Business Champion of the Year Award to Mr. Garner. Mr. Garner was appointed to the New York State Small Business Advisory Board by former New York State Governor, David A. Paterson and more recently appointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s MWBE Team which is chaired by former NYC Controller, the Honorable William C. Thompson, Jr.
Mr. Garner is an active member of the Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem, was recently elected President of the One Hundred Black Men, is the current Treasurer of the New York/New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, serves on the board of Harlem Hospital and advises numerous U.S. cities and States on their minority business development and inclusion programs. Mr. Garner completed his MBA degree at the State University of New York.