March Gallagher was sworn in as the first woman elected Ulster County Comptroller on January 1, 2020. March has continued to be a watchdog and a champion for economic and social justice. She has brought transparency to county finances making available a Taxpayer Checkbook and lists of all county contracts approved. March Gallagher released the first ever Ulster County Popular Annual Financial Report. In addition to these data sharing accomplishments under March’s leadership the Comptroller’s Office has released audits resulting in significant savings and increased revenue collections for the Ulster County jail and the collection of occupancy tax from short-term rental properties.
She has spent her life trying to make the world a better place. After growing up in Woodstock, she attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she worked to divest her college from South Africa to end Apartheid.
March’s first job out of college was working as the committee clerk for then-Assemblyman Maurice Hinchey for several years. She moved on in the Assembly to work as a budget analyst for the Ways and Means Committee.
March Gallagher with Maurice Hinchey
March with Lt. Gov Hochul and Dutchess Comptroller Robin Lois
After graduating, she earned master’s degrees from Bard College and SUNY Albany, as well as a law degree from Boston University’s School of Law, going in environmental law.
In 2001, she returned to the Hudson Valley, and in 2006, became the first-ever chairwoman of the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency, eventually heading up Ulster County’s Office of Economic Development. In both roles, she worked tirelessly to keep businesses afloat in our community in the face of a national economic crisis while holding businesses accountable on tax break deals.
March in Washington October 2020
Supporters of March Gallagher
In 2013, she joined Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress as its chief strategy officer, where she conducted strategic planning for the organization’s research, fundraising and operations. A big part of the job was taking high-level findings and communicating them to different communities and stakeholder groups.
March Gallagher moderating a panel of County Executives
In 2015, March joined Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, which manages over $80 million in assets across 500 different funds, awarding over $3 million annually in grants to non-profit organizations and students throughout the Hudson Valley.
March Gallagher at the Community Foundations Garden Party
March on Delgado Small Business Advisory Board
March currently serves on Congressman Antonio Delgado’s Small Business Advisory Board and on the board of the Farm and Food Growth Fund, a new Hudson Valley financial resource for agriculture and food businesses. In 2013 March was recognized as a Hudson Valley Women in Business Awardee. March has also served on the boards of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, Hudson Valley Regional Council, Ulster County Development Corporation, Ulster County Workforce Investment Board, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, Dutchess County Community Development Advisory Board, Dutchess County Economic Development Advisory Council Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Middletown, Foxhall Ambulatory Surgery Center Board Member, Saugerties Art Lab and Esopus Creek Conservancy.
As a board member and executive of both public authorities and non-profits March has served on audit committees, worked through the audit process, served as a signatory to many audits and facilitated implementation of internal controls and best practices at multiple organizations.
Currently, March and her family reside in Rosendale.