Milwaukee Public Schools' borrowings are managed by the Office of Finance with help from the City of Milwaukee, Comptroller's Office.
Martin Matson was elected City of Milwaukee Comptroller April 3, 2012. Prior to his election, Matson served as the Deputy Director at Milwaukee’s Employees’ Retirement System from April 2000 to 2012. He was the chief operating officer for the $4 Billion, 27,000 member, public defined benefit retirement system. Matson was responsible for a $24 million budget giving him extensive experience with government accounting, operations, pension law, and contract negotiations in a government setting. From 1993 to 1999, he was the Business Operations Manager for the Department of Public Works – Building and Fleet Division, responsible for a $30+ million budget. He served as an accounting associate for First Bank System of Milwaukee for 6 years from 1987 to 1993.
Attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - School of Business Administration.
Matson serves on the City’s Deferred Compensation Board and is a member of the City Annuity and Pension Board. He serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Center District (convention center), Summerfest, the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, and is secretary of the Public Debt Commission. In addition, he is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.
Richard Li has been the Public Debt Specialist for the City of Milwaukee since 2002. Prior to joining the City, Li was a Public Finance Investment Banker for John Nuveen & Co., Incorporated for 13 years where he performed all aspects of deal origination and execution with particular expertise in the financial and legal structuring of transactions as well as in quantitative modeling and analysis.
University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business: Masters of Business Administration
Joshua Benson has been the Special Assistant to the Comptroller for the City of Milwaukee since 2017. Prior to joining the City, Benson was a municipal advisor representative for PFM Financial Advisors LLC for 5 years where he provided technical and quantitative support throughout the traditional debt issuance process, as well as cash flow modeling and utility rate setting analysis.
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Wisconsin School of Business