Michael J. Garner, MBA, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is dedicated to equal opportunity. Since arriving at the MTA in 2010, Garner has designed one of the country’s leading MWDBE business development programs.
Garner has infused the largest transportation authority in North America with a pragmatic, results-driven construction mentoring program that continues to break the barriers for minority, women, disadvantaged and service-disabled-veteran-owned businesses in New York.
To date, over 290 contracts have been awarded with a project value of over $274.1 million. Over $14 million in loans have been awarded and $50 million in single capacity surety bonds have been secured for contractors participating in the MTA’s program. Over its history, the program has created over 6,500 new jobs. Additionally, since Mr. Garner’s arrival, more than $2.4 billion have been paid to New York State certified MWBEs.
Mr. Garner currently serves on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s MWBE Team, Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s MWBE Advisory Committee and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s MWBE Advisory Council.
Join us in congratulating Michael Ganer and the MTA for making this year’s Black History Month’s Corporate Spotlight!