Message from the President

Welcome to the Municipal Forum of New York. We are a not-for-profit organization serving various participants in the municipal securities industry through a variety of events and programs. Since our formation in 1938, the Forum has always sought to respect the longstanding traditions of the municipal bond industry and we are committed to promoting best practices among all market participants. The Forum plays a key role in enhancing the professional development of the next generation of bankers, underwriters, advisors, traders, credit analysts, bond insurers, public and not-for-profit sector finance officers and bond attorneys.

Through our affiliate, the Youth Education Fund, and with our partner, Futures and Options, we support and manage a summer internship program for outstanding graduates of New York City’s many high schools. The program is available to recent graduates who are interested in careers in finance. In addition to their paid summer position, participants in the program are eligible for academic and service-based scholarships throughout their four-year college career. To date, more than 800 students have completed the program and the Forum has awarded well over $1 million in scholarships and book stipends to help with the cost of higher education.

Through this program and other efforts, the Forum actively supports diversity, equity and inclusion in the recruitment of professionals in our industry and we are dedicated to supporting the communities we serve. We are especially proud that a number of our summer interns are now working in the municipal securities industry and that some of our interns are now employed in other areas of financial services.

If you are a participant in the municipal securities industry, a government or not-for-profit official or are simply interested in the financing of our country’s infrastructure, we encourage you to learn more about the Forum and consider membership in our organization.

–John J. Puig, President