Martha Hirst serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer. She is responsible for a wide range of the University’s operational areas including Business Affairs, Campus and Conference Services, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, Global Studies, Information Technology, Public Safety, Marketing and Communications, External Affairs, and Special Events.
Ms. Hirst came to St. John’s in 2011 after 33 years in New York City government, where she worked closely with Mayors Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani, and Bloomberg. Her wide range of management success included over 8 years as Commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, a diverse and professional 2000-employee agency supporting all City government departments in the areas of personnel and civil service, goods procurement, real estate, building and energy management. In addition, she served for 6 years as a Deputy Sanitation Commissioner. Ms. Hirst led the team of Solid Waste Management planners and engineers that designed, secured regulatory approvals for and implemented the historic closing of the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island; she also oversaw recycling education and outreach programs for all New York City residents, businesses and other institutions. In the early years of her public service career, Ms. Hirst represented the administrations of Mayors Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani at the City Council as a key member of the Intergovernmental Relations team.
Ms. Hirst graduated magna cum laude from NYU where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a Masters in Urban Planning from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. She has two sons and resides in Manhattan.