Managing Director, PFM Group
Executive Director, National Resource Network
David Eichenthal is Executive Director of the Strong Cities Strong Communities National Resource Network and a Managing Director with the PFM Group’s Management and Budget Consulting practice. He works on projects nationwide to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal government clients, with a focus on fiscal turnarounds.
Prior to joining PFM, Mr. Eichenthal served as President and CEO of the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies, a non-profit policy research institute that works with local governments, foundations and non-profit organizations in the Southeast and across the nation. He was also a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
Mr. Eichenthal served in a series of senior positions in local government over fifteen years in both Chattanooga and New York. As City Finance Officer and Director of Performance Review for the City of Chattanooga, he oversaw implementation of one of the nation’s first 311 systems and creation of a citywide performance management initiative. Mr. Eichenthal chaired the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation, the Regional Interagency Council on Homelessness and the General Pension Plan Board of Directors.
In New York, Mr. Eichenthal was Chief of Staff to the Public Advocate, the city’s second highest elected official. He also held senior positions with the School Construction Authority and the City Comptroller’s office.
Mr. Eichenthal is the co-author of The Art of the Watchdog: Fighting Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption in Government (SUNY Excelsior Press, 2014), cited by The New York Times as “required reading for any government executive.” Mr. Eichenthal is also a Senior Research Fellow at the New York University School of Law Center for Research in Crime and Justice. 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.