Committee On Governmental Debt Management (DEBT)

The GFOA Committee on Governmental Debt and Fiscal Policy promotes sound financial practices for local, state, and provincial governments. The Committee works on best practices, actively engages with participants in the market to help develop guidelines and updates for its members, and monitors legislative and regulatory activities that impact the ability of state and local governments to continue borrowing in a cost effective manner.

During the past year, the GFOA Committee on Governmental Debt and Fiscal Policy has undertaken projects and addressed a number of important policy issues with the objective of promoting sound financial practices for local, state, and provincial governments. The Committee continued its work on best practices, actively worked with participants in the market to help develop guidelines and updates for its members, and monitored legislative and regulatory activities which would impact the ability of state and local governments to continue borrowing in a cost-effective manner.

Members of the Committee

  • CHAIR: Jonas Biery, Business Operations Manager, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, OR
  • VICE CHAIR: Kenton Tsoodle, Assistant Finance Director, City of Oklahoma City, OK
  • Silvia Amparano, Finance Director, City of Tucson, AZ
  • Alan Anders, Deputy Director for Finance, New York City Office of Management & Budget
  • Jennifer Brown, Director of Budget and Research, City of Sugar Land, TX
  • Olga Chernat, Deputy Director of Finance, New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NY
  • Dave Erdman, Capital Finance Director, State of Wisconsin
  • Tim Ewell, Senior Deputy County Administrator, Contra Costa, CA
  • Ellen Evans, Deputy Treasurer, State of Washington, WA
  • Lisa Marie Harris, Director of Finance/Treasurer, San Diego Water Authority, CA
  • Daniel Huge, Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer, Indiana Finance Authority, IN
  • Eric Johansen, Debt Manager, City of Portland, OR
  • Kathy Kardell, Office of Budget and Finance, Hennepin County, MN
  • Bryan Kidney, Director of Finance, City of Lawrence, KS
  • Mark Kim, CFO, DC Water, Washington, DC
  • Tonya Kusmirek, Chief Financial Officer, Dunn County, WI
  • Laura Lockwood-McCall, Director, Debt Management Division, Oregon State Treasury
  • Rodney Miller, Assistant City Manager/CFO, City of Hickory, NC
  • Charles Michael Perl, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Megan K. Reilly, Chief Financial Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District, CA
  • Ivan Samstein, Chief Financial Officer, Cook County Government, IL
  • Larry Sapp, Chief Financial Officer, Hilton Head Public Service District #1, SC
  • C. LaShea Smith, Finance Director, City of Dayton, OH
  • Kristine Tallent, Director of Management and Budget, Maryville, TN
  • David Vehaun, City Manager, City of Rock Hill, SC

Advisors

  • Jennifer Ritter Douglas, Managing Director, Specialized Public Finance Inc., Austin, TX
  • Jay M. Goldstone, Managing Director, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., CA
  • Kristin Hanson, Director, Public Financial Management
  • Margaret (Peg) Henry, Deputy General Counsel, Stifel Nicolaus, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Gail Sussman, Managing Director, Moody’s Investors Service, New York

Ex-Officios

  • Marion Gee, Finance Director, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
  • Dawn Lang, Management Services Director, City of Chandler, AZ
  • Ben Watkins, Director, State of Florida - Division of Bond Finance

GFOA Staff