Prior to joining Public Financial Management in October 2012, Eric Johansen served as Treasurer of the City of Portland until his resignation in April 2012.  He began at the City in 1993 and served as the City’s Debt Manager from September 1997 until July 2010 when he became Treasurer.  While Treasurer he directed the City’s debt management program, banking services, the investment of City funds and the City’s deferred compensation program.   Debt management activities included 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. 

Mr. Johansen has over 30 years of experience as a debt issuer and financial advisor in public finance, most of which has focused on the development and implementation of capital financing plans and debt transactions for the City of Portland and local governments throughout Oregon and the Northwest. 

Before joining the City of Portland, he worked as a financial advisor with Public Financial Management s (1989-1993) and as investment banker for Shearson Lehman Brothers (1983-1988).

Mr. Johansen is immediate past Chair of the Government Finance Officers Association Committee on Governmental Debt Management after having served two terms as a Committee member.  He is a regular instructor of GFOA training courses on subjects relating to debt management.  He has also served on the Executive Board of the Oregon Municipal Finance Officers Association from March 2009 to October 2012.

Mr. Johansen graduated with honors from the University of Oregon in 1981 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.