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: Merrill King, Finance Director, City of Minnetonka, MN 
  • VICE CHAIR: Crystal Dionne, Director of Finance & Personnel & Tax Collector, Town of Bedford, NH
  • Jesus Amezcua, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Harris County, TX
  • Joe Beach, Finance Director, Montgomery County Government, MD
  • Michael Bryant, Management & Budget Director, Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Ann M. Carbone, Budget Director, City of Boston, MA
  • Veronica Carrillo, Fiscal Administrator, City of San Antonio, TX
  • Monique Earl, Deputy Mayor, Budget and Financial Policy, City of Los Angeles, CA
  • Malisa Files, Deputy Finance Director, City of Redmond, WA
  • Jimmy Forbis, Finance Director/City Treasurer, City of Monterey, CA
  • David Gottesman, CountyStat Manager, Office of the Montgomery County Executive, MD
  • John Gross, Director of Financial Management, City of Long Beach, CA
  • Donita Harper, Deputy County Administrator/Finance Director, King George County, VA
  • Jack Ireland, Budget Director, City of Dallas, TX
  • Angela Joyner, Deputy Budget Director, Council of the District of Columbia - Office of the Budget Director
  • Yolanda King, Director of Budget and Financial Planning, Clark County, NV
  • Andrew Kleine, Budget Director, City of Baltimore, MD
  • Dawn Lang, Assistant Director for Finance, City of Chandler, AZ
  • Dan Mason, Budget & Fiscal Director, Washington State Office of the State Treasurer, WA
  • Amelia Merchant, Director, Department of Management and Budget, City of Roanoke, VA
  • Leyne Milstein, Director of Finance, City of Sacramento, CA
  • Mickie Pearsall, Budget Manager, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, WI
  • David Schmiedicke, Finance Director, City of Madison, WI
  • Andrew Scott, Budget Director, City of Portland, OR


  • Natalie Cohen, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities LLC, New York, NY
  • Carol Ebdon, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Bradley Harris, Finance and Accounting Consultant, University of TN/Institute of Public Service/Municipal Technical Advisory Service, Dayton, TN 
  • Michael Nadol, Managing Director, Public Financial Management, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gabe Petek, Senior Director, Standard & Poor's, San Francisco, CA 


  • Ade’ Ariwoola, Finance Director for the City of Federal Way, WA
  • Steven Gibson, OMB Director, Rock Hill, SC 

GFOA Staff