Director, Management & Finance
Stephen J. Agostini is Arlington County’s Director of Management and Finance. Prior to joining Arlington County, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Mr. Agostini directed the CFPB’s budget, financial management, internal controls, travel, and victim remediation fund activities. During his tenure at the CFPB, the Bureau received 6 successive “clean” audit opinions from the U.S. Government Accountability Office between 2011 and 2016.
Agostini has had a long career of overseeing the finances and budgets of Federal agencies and local governments. Other senior roles have included: the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Budget Director and Deputy Finance Director for the City of Philadelphia; Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration for the Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; the Fiscal and Budget Administrator for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin; the Director of the Performance Evaluation Office for the State of Wisconsin; the Finance Director for the City of San Francisco; the Budget and Management Director for the City of Milwaukee, and the Deputy Budget and Management Director for the City of Seattle.
In addition to his financial management experience, he has provided recommendations on a range of economic development issues, including contributing to plans that resulted in new baseball stadiums for the San Francisco Giants and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Mr. Agostini, whose parents were originally from Puerto Rico, was born and raised in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University and a Master in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Arlington with his wife Nicole Else-Quest, and two children, ages 5 and 9. In his spare time, Mr. Agostini paints watercolors, collects and composes music, reads science fiction, rides his bike, cooks, roots for FC Barcelona and the New York Mets, and spends time with his family.