Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy (BUDGET)

The Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy advises GFOA and recommends policies in budgeting, management, and related public finance areas not addressed by other GFOA committees. The committee actively promotes the professionalism of budget practitioners through the development of best practices and researching various initiatives. In meeting these responsibilities, the committee serves as a forum for the exchange of information about emerging issues, concepts, and techniques in public budgeting and management.

Members of the Committee

  • CHAIR: David Schmiedicke, Finance Director, City of Madison, Madison, WI
  • VICE-CHAIR: Ann M. Carbone, Budget Director, City of Boston - Public Works Dept., Boston, MA
  • Jesus J. Amezcua, CPA, Assistant Superintendent for Business, HCDE, Houston, TX
  • Sam Ashbaugh, Chief Financial Officer, City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Chiquita Barkley, Controller, Butts County, Jackson, GA
  • Matthew Brown, Chief Financial Officer, DC Water & Sewer Authority, Washington, DC
  • Youlanda C. Carr, Chief of Budget & Fiscal Policy, City of Atlanta - Department of Finance, Atlanta, GA
  • Jennifer Charneski, Finance Director, Town of Darien, Darien, CT
  • Brigitte Clark, Chief Administrative Officer, Corpus Christi Independent School District, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Kelleigh Decker, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, County of Lucas, Toledo, OH
  • Yvette Downs, Chief Financial Officer, DC Housing Finance Agency, Washington, DC
  • Pamela S. Dubois, CPA, CPFO, Senior Deputy County Manager, Cabarrus County, Concord, NC
  • Monique Earl, Admin Deputy Controller, City of Los Angeles - Office of Controller, Los Angeles, CA
  • Malisa Files, Deputy Finance Director, City of Redmond, Redmond, WA
  • Michael Gossman, MBA, Division Manager - Finance, Sonoma County Water Agency, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Josh Harwood, City Economist, City of Portland, Portland, OR
  • David Allen Hines, City Operations Coordinator, City of Pittston, Pittston, PA
  • Elizabeth A. Holleb, Director of Finance, City of Lake Forest, Lake Forest, IL
  • Scott M. Huizenga, Budget Officer, City of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
  • Jack Ireland, Budget Director, City of Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Judith M. Marte, Chief Financial Officer, Broward County School Board, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Daniel P. Mason, Budget & Fiscal Director, State of Washington - Office of the State Treasurer, Olympia, WA
  • Sharon McGuire, OMB Director, City of Boca Raton - Office of Management & Budget, Boca Raton, FL
  • Amelia C. Merchant, Director, Management & Budget, City of Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
  • Nike Noack, Financial Services Manager, Cochise County, Bisbee, AZ


  • Natalie Cohen, Managing Director, Wells Fargo, New York, NY
  • Bradley E. Harris, Finance/Accounting Consultant, University of Tennessee - CTAS, Dayton, TN
  • Kevin A. Knutson, Regional Vice President, Management Partners, Cincinnati, OH
  • David Lakly, Public Service Assistant, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Atlanta, GA
  • Michael Nadol, Managing Director, PFM Group, Philadelphia, PA


  • Jessica R. Brown-Linton, Assistant Chief Financial Officer, County of Durham, Durham, NC
  • James M. Nicholson, Director of Finance, City of Pataskala, Pataskala, OH

GFOA Staff

  • Matt Bubness, Senior Manager, GFOA - Research & Consulting Center, Chicago, IL
  • John Fishbein, Senior Manager, GFOA - Technical Services Center, Chicago, IL