david burns, Chief Financial Officer
David Burns is a finance professional with more than 30 years of experience in developing and driving strategic goals with a focus on financial reporting and analysis, including consolidations, forecasting, capital and operating budgets, systems implementation, treasury functions, and risk management oversight.
As Chief Finance Officer at CHA, Burns directs a staff of 62 and oversees the agency’s $1 billion operating budget. He manages the agency’s accounting and financial reporting function, along with multiple top tier audit firm relationships on the financial and compliance audits, to ensure proper policies, internal controls and reporting results are in place. Burns is also responsible for developing the operating and capital expenditure budgets and forecasts to ensure the agency’s needs are appropriately planned for and the associated reporting is shared with stakeholders. He serves as a member of CHA’s Investment Committee which establishes the policies and strategic oversight of the investment portfolio including decision-making relating to financing, debt strategy, and policy governance and sits on the Board of the Chicago Housing Authority Employees’ Retirement Plan. Additionally, he oversees the Risk Management group responsible for all property, liability, and healthcare coverages.
Prior to coming to CHA, in 2005 where he first served as Comptroller and later as Deputy Chief Financial Officer before being named Chief Financial Officer in August 2016, Burns worked in the private sector in a variety of industries as an accountant and controller, including at the leading global railcar leasing company GATX, where he oversaw consolidations and budget process for all international operations including Europe, Asia and South America and prepared required Securities and Exchange Commission reports. He served as controller for the national, award-winning construction and engineering firm Patrick Engineering, Inc. that serves public and private sector clients, as well as finance management roles at the Budget Rent-A-Car Corporation headquarters and Bank of America.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Monmouth College and is a State of Illinois Certified Public Accountant.