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Top 30 Black Influencers




MICHAEL GARNER, MBA, served as the President of the Founding Chapter of One Hundred Black Men of New York, one of the most influential and successful empowerment programs for African American men in the City. OHBM provides scholarships, mentorship and inspiration to hundreds of youths in the New York City area. 

He is the Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the largest transportation system in North America, and is a key player that makes things happen regarding diversity in the business environment.  He helps empower emerging and established NYS certified Minority, Women-owned and MTA certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises across NYS via educational programming and access to increased procurement opportunities. 

During his MTA tenure, which began in 2010, Garner has designed one of the nation’s leading business development programs for MWDBEs (minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises). 

As architect of the MTA’s Small Business Mentoring Program, barriers have been broken and minority, women and disadvantaged and service disabled veteran-owned businesses in NYS are successfully competing for lucrative contracts in transportation.   To date, more than $400 million has been awarded through the Mentoring Program model.


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