Eric Johansen

Title: 
Debt Manager
Organization: 
City of Portland, OR
Bio: 

Eric Johansen has over 30 years of experience as a debt issuer and advisor in public finance, most of which has focused on the development and implementation of capital financing plans and debt transactions for local governments throughout Oregon and the Northwest. He began at the City of Portland in 1993 and served as the City's Debt Manager from September 1997 until July 2010 when he became Treasurer, a position he held until April 2012. While Treasurer, he directed the City's debt management program, banking services, the investment of City funds and the City's deferred compensation program, including new debt issuance, management of over $3.4 billion in outstanding debt, investment of proceeds, arbitrage rebate compliance, debt budgeting and accounting, rating agency and investor relations and continuing disclosure.

Both now and prior to joining the City of Portland, he worked as a financial advisor with PFM, and from 1983-1988 he was as an investment banker for Shearson Lehman Brothers. Mr. Johansen is a past  Chair of the GFOA's Committee on Governmental Debt Management and is a regular instructor of GFOA training courses on subjects relating to debt management.