The City College of New York is pleased to welcome Lucas Koehler as its first Chief Financial Officer and Senior Finance Director for the Foundation for City College, Inc.
Koehler joins the Foundation from the New York City Department of Education Division of Early Education where he served as the Senior Executive Director of Finance and Operations. While there, he used his data and analytics skills to develop the data and technology infrastructure for the Pre-K for All Initiative. In addition, he oversaw all financial functions of the early care and education system of New York City, including financial planning, forecasting, analysis and reporting for the $2 billion early childhood budget.
As CFO of the Foundation for City College, Koehler will report to Dee Dee Mozeleski, Vice President of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Communications, and the Foundation’s Executive Director. He will manage all Foundation assets ($365 million), build and directly oversee a team of approximately nine financial professionals, and serve as the Foundation’s strategic administrative partner and its financial steward.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lucas Koehler as our first-ever, Chief Financial Officer/Senior Director of Finance, a position designed to focus solely on the stewardship and growth of the Foundation,” said Mozeleski. “The Foundation was established to ensure the important work of the College can be achieved through dedicated philanthropic support and Lucas’ experience as a public service leader will allow for its continued growth and that of the teams who support its work. I am grateful to welcome him not only to the team, but into an important strategic partnership on behalf of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners.”
“I have so enjoyed getting to know Dee Dee and the team at the Foundation through the interview process,” said Koehler. “I’m so excited about the work ahead and the opportunity to support the Foundation’s growth.”
Koehler is an alumnus of Pomona College and holds graduate degrees in secondary mathematics education from The City College, and public administration from New York University.
About the City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself.