Irving ("Irv") Dennis

Retired EY Partner | Former CFO of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Irv is a retired Global Client Service Partner with Ernst & Young LLP. After a 37-year career with EY, he was nominated by the President of the United States, and confirmed by the Senate, to serve as the CFO of U.S. Department of HUD. After HUD, Irv became a Board member of Cypress Mortgage Capital and a founding Board member and Treasurer of American Cornerstone Institute.

At HUD, Irv served as the principal advisor to the Secretary on financial management and the senior departmental official responsible for establishing and implementing policies to govern all aspects of financial management in the Department. He led a financial and digital transformation, which resulted in the first unqualified audit opinion in eight years. For his transformational leadership, Irv was the recipient of several awards including the 2020 Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award, the 2020 Federal 100 Award and the AGA’s 2021 Accomplishment of the Year Award.

As a Global Client Service Assurance Partner with EY, Irv served as the global coordinating audit partner for some of EY’s flagship clients including several S&P 500 EY companies.  He has extensive experience in advising public company boards, audit committees and C-suite executives on matters such as corporate governance, finance transformations, complex business processes, internal controls, financial reporting, and M&A activities. At EY, Irv held several leadership positions, including serving as the Area Knowledge Leader and Controls and Methodology Leader in several Regions. He also served on EY’s Center for Board Matters Task Force advising on corporate governance thought leadership materials targeted for Boards of Directors.

Irv graduated from Montclair State University in 1981 and was the recipient of the Montclair State University’s Feliciano School of Business 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Irv serves on various philanthropic not-for-profit boards and resides in New Albany, OH and Washington, DC.