Role model of the
Natwar Gandhi is a shining example of the kind of person who comes here from modest means and puts to
work his talents and tenacity to achieve great things, says Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray.
Icommend India Abroad for its decision to honor Dr Natwar Gandhi with the India Abroad Award for Life- time Achievement.
Over the past 16 years, Gandhi has provided sterling
leadership in his financial management of the District of
Columbia. First as tax commissioner and later as chief
financial officer, Gandhi has used his superb intellect and
interpersonal skills, often under difficult circumstances,
to improve the District’s financial standing.
I am proud to have partnered with Gandhi to improve
the fiscal standing of the district to the point where we
now enjoy AAA ratings from Wall Street, a robust fund
balance for rainy days, and economic development projects that are the envy of every other city in the country.
Our nation is one that welcomes men and women from
all over the world to pursue their dreams and contribute
to society. Gandhi is a shining example of the kind of role
model and leader who comes to this country from modest
means and puts to work his talents and tenacity to
achieve great things and make a difference for the com-
Vincent Gray is Mayor, District of Columbia.
former Mayor, Washington, DC,
hails Natwar Gandhi.
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Natwar Gandhi presents the District of Columbia’s annual financial report in 2004.
Standing behind him is then DC Mayor Anthony Williams.
As the chief financial officer for the District of Columbia, Dr Natwar Gandhi has been the District’sforemostproponentof responsiblefiscal stewardship.
In my decade working with Dr Gandhi,
including my time as mayor of the District
of Columbia, Gandhi was my turnaround
partner, a voice of eminent competence,
and a persistent advocate for the District’s
fiscal health. He presided over an ever-expanding string of balanced budgets, clean
audit opinions, and increasing bond ratings
as the District recorded the most rapid
recovery from fiscal insolvency in US history.
In what was a crucial crisis period for the
District of Columbia, Gandhi exhibited diligence and discipline as he navigated the
District on a conservative path to revamp its
financial status and future, an approach
that has been vindicated by the District’s
current financial strength.
Gandhi’s tenure as CFO has won acclaim
and respect from our City Council, the
Washington-area business community, Wall
Street and international observers. Perhaps
most importantly, Gandhi has engendered
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