Melinda Gildart

Chicago Public Schools

As the Controller for Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district, Melinda oversees the Corporate Accounting, Disbursements and Business Services, Grants Accounting and Reporting, Financial Reporting and Compliance and the Revenue and Accounts Receivable functions for CPS. The Office of the Controller supports the instructional and administrative needs of CPS students and staff via the processing of millions of financial and non-financial transactions on an annual basis. Melinda leads her staff in developing and implementing districtwide financial policies and internal controls, as well as issuing the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and its Popular Annual Financial Report. Melinda also directly manages CPS’ annual external Financial and Federal Single Audits, which encompass over 600 schools with an annual budget over $6 billion. 

With nearly 20 years of governmental finance experience, Melinda has previously served in senior finance roles at the federal, state and local levels, namely with the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Illinois Finance Authority. She is the immediate past Chair of GFOA’s Committee on Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting (CAAFR) and is a nationally recognized leader in her field. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Accounting, a Master of Business Administration from Roosevelt University and is a licensed certified public accountant in the State of Illinois.