By Mirella Flores
Nicole Galloway is the 37th and current State Auditor of Missouri, and a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner. Galloway holds bachelor’s degrees in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Prior to her public service, Galloway served as corporate auditor with Shelter Insurance. Galloway began her career in public service as an auditor with Brown Smith Wallace, LLC., a public accounting firm, where she audited Fortune 500 companies domestically and internationally, as well as insurance companies throughout the U.S.
On 2011, Galloway assumed office as the Boone County Treasure. As Treasurer, Galloway managed a $100 million investment portfolio. Galloway helped Boone County become the first Missouri County to maintain an online search and claim system for unclaimed property. Through this system, Galloway’s office distributed about $20,000 in unclaimed property in 2014. Furthermore, Galloway developed a debt insurance policy that brought increased transparency to the process. While in this position, Galloway also served on the board for the Missouri Technology Corporation and the Missouri County Employees’ Retirement Fund. As a board member of the later one, Galloway helped expand retirement benefits to members’ same-sex spouses.
Following the death of the late Tom Schweich, Galloway’s commitment to improving Missouri were recognized when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed her as State Auditor on April 2015. Upon taking the oath of office, Galloway stated one of her first priorities would be to bringing private-sector best practices to state government with a focus on cybersecurity. As State Auditor, Galloway manages about 115 employees and serves as the independent, professional overseer for Missourian government.
In 2015, Galloway was recognized as one of Columbia Business Times’ 20 Under 40. Regardless of the recognition, Galloway is committed to holding the Missouri government accountable, because of that Galloway is an important women in public service we ought to recognize.