Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Christina Chiappa is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at The City University of New York (CUNY), where she directly supports the Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer in overseeing and managing the financial activities of CUNY’s 25 colleges and professional schools and of the University’s system office.
Mrs. Chiappa has had a distinguished career in the higher education, not-for-profit and public accounting sectors spanning more than 17 years. She was appointed as CUNY’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer in January 2015 after serving in three other key finance positions at CUNY: Director of Management Analysis and Chief of Staff (July 2012 to December 2014), Deputy Controller (November 2006 to October 2008) and Associate Controller of Accounting and Financial Reporting (January 2003 to October 2006). In her Deputy Controller and Associate Controller roles she was responsible for preparing six consecutive high quality and timely sets of financial statements, for developing and implementing a plan for improving the consistency and accuracy of the University’s accounting and financial reporting and directed the launch of the CUNYfirst General Ledger.
In between her tenure at CUNY, she served as the Chief Accountant at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) where she functioned as the global accounting lead for the implementation of two worldwide projects; an integrated Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) System which involved the integration of the finance, human resources, grants, supply and program areas, and consolidated activities of over 160+ locations globally; and the simultaneous adoption of accrual based international accounting standards (IPSAS).
Mrs. Chiappa began her career at the big four public accounting firm, KPMG LLP, where she focused on providing auditing and consulting services to the higher education and not-for-profit sectors.
Mrs. Chiappa is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business.