Carolyn Pokorny serves as the Inspector General for the MTA.
In 2019, the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Ms. Pokorny as the first female MTA Inspector General. She leads the Office of the MTA Inspector General, which provides independent oversight of the MTA.
Ms. Pokorny is a career prosecutor with over 20 years of experience combatting sprawling, complex offenses. She began her legal career in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, spending 3 years in the Appeals Bureau. Ms. Pokorny then spent 2 years clerking for the Hon. Arthur D. Spatt in the Eastern District of New York.
Afterwards, Ms. Pokorny spent over 14 years at the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's Office, where she held many leadership positions. Ms. Pokorny served as the Office's Senior Litigation Counsel for Public Integrity, prosecuting many of the Office’s most significant and sensitive matters, including the trial of the former NY State Senate Majority Leader on charges of stealing from a healthcare nonprofit, the prosecution of hotel magnate for evading federal campaign contribution laws, and the undercover FBI investigation of an Assemblyman and his chief of staff for taking bribes.
For many years, she headed the Office's international narcotics and money laundering program. She devised a national strategy for charging the leaders of Mexico's most powerful cocaine cartels, and led the international investigation that resulted in the conviction of over 30 leaders of Colombia's most powerful cocaine cartel. For her leadership on that case, she received the U.S. Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, and the Federal Drug Agents Foundation “True American Hero” award.
In 2011, Ms. Pokorny joined U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch's Executive team as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division overseeing over 100 criminal Assistant US Attorneys. From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Pokorny briefly entered private practice at a boutique law firm in Manhattan, Levine Lee LLP.
In 2015 when President Obama tapped Loretta Lynch to be his Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice, Ms. Pokorny served as her Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor on the management of the Department's 110,000 employees and myriad agencies. Before becoming MTA Inspector General, Ms. Pokorny most recently served as Special Counsel for Public Integrity in the Executive Chamber and oversaw New York State’s Ethics, Risk and Compliance program.
Ms. Pokorny received her JD at Brooklyn Law School, and her BA at New York University. She is admitted to practice in New York State.