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David Eichenthal is a Managing Director in PFM’s Management and Budget Consulting practice and leads the firm’s Chattanooga, TN office. At PFM, David works with state and local governments improve their management and budget performance. He has participated in budgeting, operational improvement, and fiscal recovery engagements for numerous municipal clients, including complex engagements in New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, and engaging with additional PFM clients in Florida, Tennessee, Ohio and elsewhere. David also leads national efforts to increase the use of 311 systems as a means of improving local government performance and has published articles on increasing efficiency and improving the effectiveness of criminal justice and public safety agencies. Most recently, he was named Executive Director of the federal National Resource Network, a broad, complex consortium that will address the complex needs of America’s distressed and challenged local communities. He is also the co-author of “The Art of the Watchdog: Expert advice on how any citizen can fight government fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption,” published recently by SUNY Press.
Mr. Eichenthal is the former President and CEO of the Ochs Center in Chattanooga, a non-profit policy research institute that works with local governments, foundations and non-profit organizations across the nation. While leading the Ochs Center, he was also a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
Prior to joining the Ochs Center in 2005, David served in a series of senior positions in local government in both Chattanooga and New York. As Finance Officer and Director of Performance Review for the City of Chattanooga under then-Mayor Bob Corker, he oversaw the development of the city’s budget, implementation of one of the nation’s first 311 systems and creation of a citywide performance management initiative. In New York, Mr. Eichenthal was Chief of Staff to the New York City Public Advocate, the city’s second highest elected official. He also served as Chief of Policy, Assistant Advocate for Research and Investigation, and represented the Public Advocate on the Audit Committee of the City of New York. Additionally, he held the positions of Assistant Inspector General for Policy in the New York City School Construction Authority and Assistant Deputy Comptroller for Policy/Counsel for Special Projects and Director of the Board of Estimate Staff in the Office of the Comptroller for the City of New York.
David was a Visiting Scholar at the New York University School of Law Center for Research in Crime and Justice for the 2011-2012 academic year. He received his J.D. at the New York University School of Law and a BA degree from the University of Chicago in Public Policy Studies, cum laude. He was a Harry S. Truman Scholar, New York State and has been admitted to practice law in the states of Tennessee and New York.