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: Ben Watkins, Director, State of Florida - Division of Bond Finance
  • VICE CHAIR: Nancy Winkler, City Treasurer and Deputy Finance Director, City of Philadelphia, PA
  • Alan Anders, Deputy Director for Finance, New York City Office of Management & Budget
  • Jonas Biery, Debt Manager, City of Portland, OR
  • Jennifer Brown, Director of Budget and Research, City of Sugar Land, TX
  • Troy Bruun, City Treasurer/Finance Manager, Wichita, KS
  • Timothy Ewell, Interim Senior Deputy County Administrator, County of Contra Costa, CA
  • Ellen Evans, Deputy Treasurer, State of Washington
  • Thomas Glaser, Vice President, Administrative Affairs & Treasurer, College of DuPage, IL
  • Dan Grandcolas, Debt Analyst, City of Kansas City, MO
  • Kathy Kardell, Office of Budget and Finance, Hennepin County, MN
  • David Keller, Assistant City Manager/CFO, City of Weston, FL
  • 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
  • Lee McElhannon, Director of Finance, Georgia State Finance & Investment Commission
  • Rodney Miller, Finance Director, Catawba County, NC
  • Julio Morales, Director of Finance, City of Huntington Park, CA
  • Katherine Newell, Director of Risk Management, New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority
  • Charles Michael Perl, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Rick Pernas, Deputy Treasurer, Harford County Government, MD
  • Micki Rundell, Chief Financial Officer, City of Georgetown, TX
  • Larry Sapp, Finance Manager, Hilton Head Public Service District #1, SC
  • Kenton Tsoodle, Assistant Finance Director, City of Oklahoma City, OK


Advisors

  • Lisa Marie Harris, Senior Vice President, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., L.L.C., San Diego, CA
  • Margaret (Peg) Henry, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Jefferies and Company, Inc., New York
  • Jennifer Ritter Douglas, Managing Director, Specialized Public Finance Inc., Austin, TX
  • Phoebe Selden, Senior Vice President, Acacia Financial Group, Chicago, IL
  • Gail Sussman, Managing Director, Moody’s Investors Service, New York


Ex-Officios

  • Joe Costello, Executive Director, Regional Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Patrick McCoy, Director of Finance, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NY
  • Russell Truell, CFO, City of Franklin, TN

GFOA Staff