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Education: MPA from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; AB Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Princeton University (with a Certificate in Political Economy)

Recent projects include: Millennial Action Project, New American Leaders, Emerald Cities Collaboration, The Bridgespan Group, Education Through Music, Buffett Early Childhood Fund

Personal interests include: History of aviation, historical novels, road biking, wine, travel (still six states to go), trying to learn more about theories of the brain and why we think in the ways we do

Warner has a broad range of experience in financial, operational, and strategic planning for organizations in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. He began his career in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch & Co. where he spent 13 years and was one of the initial members of the firm’s private equity group. Following his time at Merrill Lynch, Warner established an independent consulting practice providing strategic planning, business development, and financial advisory work for nonprofit organizations and private equity portfolio companies in transition. In the 20 years in this practice, he has worked with a wide range of clients, including those embarking on aggressive growth plans as well as those facing financial or operational challenges. Warner has served as CFO or CEO for a number of client organizations in sectors that have included education and health care.

Warner has expertise in financial analysis and systems, building the knowledge base for thoughtful decision making and creating organizational plans and strategies. He has experience in implementing performance metrics and measurements to align organizations with the drivers of their success, in developing strategic plans that reflect external as well as internal environments, and in successfully implementing those plans.

Warner earned an AB magna cum laude from Princeton University in Economics (with a Certificate in Political Economy) and an MPA from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he received the Robert Berne Award for Leadership.  Warner is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at Wagner where he teaches “The Intersection of Policy and Operations,” “Financial Decision Making and Management,” and “Advanced Financial and Impact Modeling for Nonprofits and Social Enterprises.”  Warner serves on the Board of Community Capital New York and on the Advisory Board of Yonkers Partners in Education, both nonprofit organizations, and has done strategy and operations projects for both of these organizations. Over the course of his career, Warner has also served on the boards of 14 for-profit companies.