Executive Leadership Team

President RodriguezRobert J. Rodriguez

Robert J. Rodriguez was appointed Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of DASNY effective May 8, 2024 and was confirmed by the New York State Senate on May 22, 2024 as DASNY's President and Chief Executive Officer. He previously served as New York’s 68th Secretary of State, and also served as a member of the DASNY Board of Directors. He previously served as a member of the New York State Assembly for 11 years, representing Assembly District 68. During his time in the New York State Assembly, he was the Co-Chair of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, founding Chair of the Assembly sub-committee on Infrastructure and Member of Committees on Ways and Means, Housing, Labor, Banking, Corporation and Authorities, and Mental Health.  Mr. Rodriguez held positions at Public Financial Management, A.C. Advisory, Inc and Bloomberg L.P. As a civic leader, Mr. Rodriguez served on several volunteer boards including as Chairman of Manhattan Community Board 11 and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. He is also an emerging leader of the New America Alliance and the Council for Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow. Mr. Rodriguez earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Yale University and a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance from New York University’s Stern Business School.

Charlie Williams Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams is the Vice President of DASNY and assists the President in the administration and operation of DASNY. Mr. Williams coordinates policy and operations across all DASNY business lines and serves as chief advisor on all DASNY operational matters. He is also responsible for communications, marketing and intergovernmental affairs at DASNY.  Mr. Williams previously served as Deputy Budget Director for the NYS Division of Budget where he oversaw the budgets of approximately 125 state agencies and authorities in the areas of economic development, human services, housing, energy, environment, education, arts, agriculture, parks, mental hygiene, developmental disabilities, addiction services and public protection. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of the University at Albany. ​

Kimberly A. EllisKimberly A. Ellis

Kimberly A. Ellis is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of DASNY. As Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Ms. Ellis is responsible for supervising DASNY's investment program, general accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting functions, payroll and information services, as well as the development and implementation of financial policies, financial management systems and internal controls for financial reporting. Prior to her appointment to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Ms. Ellis served in numerous senior positions within the Finance Division of DASNY, including as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Director of Investments, where she had direct involvement with the management of DASNY's financial operations, including DASNY's overall investment portfolio and the coordination and development of DASNY's annual operating budget and capital plans. Ms. Ellis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

Nadine FontaineR. Nadine Fontaine, Esq.

R. Nadine Fontaine is General Counsel and Ethics Officer to DASNY. Ms. Fontaine is responsible for all legal services including legislation, litigation, contract matters, and the legal aspects of all DASNY financings. Ms. Fontaine is licensed to practice law in the States of New York and Connecticut, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the District of Connecticut. She has over 25 years of combined legal experience, including multi-district mass tort and product professional liability, commercial litigation in state and federal courts and large-scale electronic discovery matters. Ms. Fontaine most recently served as First Assistant Counsel to the Governor and, prior thereto, served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Economic Development, Public Finance & Procurement and Assistant Counsel for Human Services. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook University and a Juris Doctor degree from Pace University School of Law. 

Portia LeePortia Lee

Portia Lee is the Managing Director of Public Finance and Portfolio Monitoring. She is responsible for supervising and directing DASNY bond issuance in the capital markets, implementing and overseeing financing programs, overseeing DASNY’s compliance with continuing disclosure requirements and monitoring the financial condition of existing DASNY clients. Ms. Lee previously served as Senior Investment Officer at the New York State Comptroller’s Office where she was responsible for assisting in the administration of the long-term fixed income portfolio of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, as well as the short-term portfolio and the Securities Lending Program. From 1995 to 2005, Ms. Lee worked at Moody’s Investors Service where she most recently served as Vice President and Senior Credit Officer in the Public Finance Housing Group. She holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. 

Stephen D. Curro, P. E.Stephen D. Curro, P. E.

Stephen D. Curro, P.E. is the Managing Director of Construction. Mr. Curro is responsible for DASNY’s construction groups, including design, project management, resource acquisition, contract administration, interior design, and engineering, as well as other technical services. Mr. Curro joined DASNY in 2001 as Director of Technical Services, and most recently served as Director of Construction Support Services. He is a registered Professional Engineer in New York and has worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management.

Sara RichardsSara Potter Richards, Esq. 

Sara Richards is the Managing Director for Executive Direction. Ms. Richards works with all Members of the Executive Management team to coordinate policy and operations across DASNY business lines.  She is responsible for coordinating the work of the DASNY Board of Directors and overseeing the Grants Administration Unit and the Office of Environmental Affairs. Ms. Richards began her DASNY career in the Office of General Counsel and has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as Managing Senior Director of Governance and Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Ithaca College and a Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School.