Leon Abbas

Leon Abbas

Adjunct Lecturer
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A.S. - SUNY Ulster (2012)

B.S. - CUNY John Jay College (2015)

M.P.A - CUNY John Jay College (2017)


Leon B. Abbas, MPA, CFE, is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Department of Public Management. Professor Abbas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Inspection and Oversight from John Jay College. Professor Abbas is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) who currently works as an Associate Prinicpal in Regulatory Compliance with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) where he is tasked with drafting new and updating existing policies and procedures in order to ensure market integrity and protect investors. Previously, Professor Abbas served the people of the City of New York as a Senior Campaign Finance  Auditor, Chief New York City Public Funds Allocation Officer,  as well as a Member of the Association of Local Government Auditors where he sat on the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Committee on Education, Member of the Association of Inspectors General, Associate Member of the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists and Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Professor Abbas instructs a wide variety of courses and is always available to suppport students. 

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Course Taught

Current courses

PAD 121

PAD 331

Previous courses

PAD 101

ACC 250

PAD 260

PAD 340

PAD 701

PAD 718

PAD 726

PAD 754 


Languages spoken/fluent in

English, Urdu, Hindi
Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Congress / Legislative Process
Financial Fraud / White Collar Crime
Political Campaigns & Elections / Voting Rights