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Bill Howard


Bill Howard serves as the Director of the CSEA EBF. He came to the Fund in June 2008 after a long career in New York State government. Bill graduated from Manhattanville College in 1983 and was a Herbert Lehman Fellow at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs where he received a MA in 1984. He also received a certificate from the Program for Senior Executives in State & Local Government from Harvard University’s JFK School in 1997. Bill worked as a policy analyst for the NYS Legislature from 1984 to 1995 working for both the NYS State Senate and the NYS Assembly. In 1995, he served as an Assistant Director of State Operations in the Office of the Governor. He was later promoted to Deputy Director of State Operations before being named First Deputy Secretary to the Governor in 2002. He served as Acting Chief of Staff to the Governor from 2004 to 2006.



Lisa Brennan

Director of Finance

Lisa Brennan serves as the Director of Finance at the Fund. She graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh. After college she began her career in public accounting. Lisa joined the Fund in November of 1994 as the Internal Auditor. In 1997 she earned her MBA. She was promoted to Finance Manager in 1998 and became Director of Finance in 2008.



Jane Balander

Director of Human Resources

Jane Balander serves as Director of Human Resources at the Fund. She attended Hudson Valley Community College and earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Empire State College with a degree in Human Resource Management in 2014. In 1996, Jane started her career in the Marketing Department as the Administrative Assistant. Jane is an avid cyclist and a Wellness Enthusiast.

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