Nicolette Bateson

CPA, CFO and Treasurer, Great Lakes Water Authority
Past Speaker: AWS 2018


Nicolette N. Bateson, CPA, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer. Ms. Bateson is the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and Treasurer for GLWA. Ms. Bateson’s service follows her tenure as the first CFO for DWSD which began in February 2013. In that role she led the Financial Services Area through a significant transformation effort engaging cross-functional teams to achieve sustainable change. The result was a professionalized department with an unprecedented demonstration of transparency to all stakeholders. This pivotal effort supported intensive, collaborative discussions that were essential to forming the Authority. In 2017, she was recognized as the Eastern Michigan University’s Master of Public Administration Program Public Administrator of the Year. In 2018, she was recognized by Crain’s Detroit as a Notable Woman in Finance.
Ms. Bateson possesses extensive financial and public administration experience. As a visiting specialist for the State and Local Government Program with Michigan State University Extension, Ms. Bateson worked with state and local officials to address the needs of cities in fiscal stress. Her research, educational programs, and writings related to public-sector financial challenges are often cited. In her roles as Assistant City Manager and Finance Director in local government, she was responsible for strategic planning, financial turnaround, information technology, labor relations, employee benefit design, project management and deploying multi-year budgeting and long-range capital planning. Ms. Bateson’s professional career began with a national accounting firm serving clients in the construction, manufacturing, and nonprofit sector.
Ms. Bateson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in professional accountancy from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Master of Public Administration in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University.