John Cox
Managing Director
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Served as interim CFO for a $3 billion state Medicaid program
Expertise includes fiscal transparency in complex environments, forecasting, financial control issues and stakeholder and legislative engagement
25+ years of experience as an executive of and trusted advisor to federal agencies, state and local governments, and commercial organizations
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Government programs continue to increase in spending and complexity. Agencies are doing all this good work with fewer and fewer people. Meanwhile, personnel and procurement policies are stuck in the 1960s and technology in the 1980s or 1990s. This makes change hard.
John W. Cox is a Managing Director in Alvarez & Marsal’s Public Sector practice. Mr. Cox brings more than 25 years of experience serving as an executive of and trusted advisor to federal agencies, state and local governments (with a focus on human services and education), and large commercial organizations. His expertise focuses on complex fiscal transparency, forecasting and financial control issues.

Mr. Cox leads the engagement that has recovered $50 million in funds for the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) by designing new fiscal control processes and practices, assisting with rate analysis, and developing new fiscal regulations.

He has served as interim Director of Finance for the ODP in Pennsylvania, guiding its management of $3 billion in state and federal Medicaid spending for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. Currently, Mr. Cox oversees analytical support for multiple ODP stakeholder groups and works with the Deputy Secretary’s office on Department transformation initiatives.

Mr. Cox is the subject matter expert for the State of Maryland Medicaid project helping the Office of Developmental Disabilities Administration identify necessary system improvements for improved fiscal transparency and forecasting. Additionally, Mr. Cox developed a methodology and model that was critical to helping the State of North Carolina secure approval for its $8 billion Medicaid appropriation request.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Cox was the presidentially-appointed CFO of the $30 billion U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from March 2006 to January 2009. He led the team to three straight unqualified (clean) opinions and three positive statements of internal controls assurance on Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A123-A assessments.  

Previously, Mr. Cox served as CFO of BMC Software, Inc., where he successfully led a financial transformation that improved customer satisfaction and reduced costs. He also served on the Board and as Chairman of the Audit Committee for Benchmark Electronics, Inc.

Mr. Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of Texas. 

NOTE: Alvarez & Marsal employs CPAs but is not a licensed CPA firm.