Darlene Green

Title: 
Comptroller and Chief Fiscal Officer
Organization: 
City of St. Louis, MO
Bio: 

The Honorable Darlene Green serves as Comptroller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the City of St. Louis. She directs the fiscal affairs of the city, with a combined annual budget of more than $1 billion. She is a member of the executive branch of city government, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.

She has more than 30 years of professional experience in public and private finance, and in 1997, she was the first woman and only the third African American elected Comptroller of the City of St. Louis.

Comptroller Green runs on a platform of honesty, fiscal integrity, and a focus on protecting taxpayer dollars. She has a solid record of positive fiscal performance; during her tenure, the City of St. Louis recorded eight credit rating upgrades and nine years of budget surpluses. And in 2008 the city earned an A+ credit rating for the first time in 35 years.

Through her foresight and leadership, she prevented the City of St. Louis from being exposed to the variable rate debt crisis of 2006-08, which harmed the credit rating of many other municipal governments.

Comptroller Green makes use of her talent, skills and experience to oversee the financing of some of the largest capital improvement projects in the region, and she is a member of many citywide boards and commissions, including the Airport Commission, and is a trustee for the city’s retirement systems.

Comptroller Green is a native St. Louisan. She graduated from Vashon High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Washington University. She actively works in her community with both charitable and professional organizations. She is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Government Finance Officers Association, the National Women's Political Caucus of Metro St. Louis, and Friendly Temple M.B. Church. 

Comptroller Green continues to receive many honors and awards including being named a “Trailblazing Woman in Public Finance” by Northeast Women in Public Finance (2017); one of St. Louis Magazine’s “52 Most Powerful People in St. Louis” (2008); the St. Louis Metro Sentinel Journal “Political Leader of the Year” (2007); the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State Celebration Commission of Missouri; the “National Achievement Award in Government” by the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.; the Gateway Classic Sports Foundation “Lifetime Achievement” award; the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women’s “Shining Star” award; a Political Leadership Award from the Young Democrats of the City of St. Louis; an Achievement Award from Sister to Sister Expo; the Mound City Bar Association’s “Distinguished Community Service” award; and the 2003 St. Louis District Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Ministerial Alliance “Community Service” award.