Conor Baldwin is the Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") and has worked for the City of Lowell since 2010. He was appointed CFO in July of 2014, but prior to that he directed the city's LowellSTAT program in the City Manager's Office and has also worked in the city's Office of Human Relations. He has a Bachelor Degree in History and English/ Communications (BA) and a Master's Degree in Regional Economic and Social Development (MA), both from UMass Lowell ('07 & '09). His graduate research specialized in public policy and administration and included, in 2009, a study on municipal performance management and the potential for a CitiStat program in Lowell, as well as a graduate thesis on the role of Lowell's creative economy in the city's economic development. Conor's professional background also includes experience in the Non-Profit and Hospitality industries.
In his role as CFO, Conor oversees and directs treasury, budgeting, assessing, tax, purchasing, real estate, and insurance activities for the city. He directs, compiles, and manages the city’s $500+ million annual operating budget and finances the capital improvement plan. During his tenure as CFO, Conor has also served in acting capacities as the City Treasurer and Tax Collector. Under his direction, the City of Lowell’s budget department has been awarded the prestigious Government Finance Officers of America’s (GFOA) distinguished budget award the past eight fiscal years.
Conor is a lifelong Lowell resident and currently lives in the South Lowell neighborhood with his wife and two daughters. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Lowell Catholic High School and on the parish finance counsel for St. Michal's Church. He is a member of the steering committee for Mosaic Lowell, a Cultural Economy Plan for Lowell, as well as a parent representative on the school site council for the J. G. Pyne School in Lowell. Other civic involvement includes the Public Matters program and many years of volunteerism for the Lowell Folk Festival..