Jennifer Ritter

Title: 
Managing Director
Organization: 
Specialized Public Finance
Bio: 

Ms. Ritter has served as a financial advisor to local governments, including hospitals and universities, since 2001.  In 2008, she was one of the founding partners of Specialized Public Finance.  Prior to that, she was with First Southwest Company. She has worked with a variety of government entities on tax-backed projects, water/sewer revenue projects, economic development initiatives and public/private partnerships, including Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ), 380/381 Economic Grants and Public Improvement Districts (PIDs).  She also assists local governments in planning for bond elections.

Prior to her work as a financial advisor, she was a Policy Analyst for Debt and Financial Planning for the Government Finance Officers Association ("GFOA") in Chicago.  At GFOA, Ms. Ritter conducted debt trainings for government officials and authored "Conducting a Debt Affordability Study" and "An Elected Officials Guide to Rating Agency Presentations."  She served as a liaison for the association with other municipal bond industry groups and regulatory authorities and still is a frequent speaker for GFOA's national training courses. In 2012, she joined the GFOA's Committee on Governmental Debt Management for two three-year terms as an advisor. Ms. Ritter worked at the White House from 1995 to 1996.

She earned a Master of Public Affairs from Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern Methodist University.  Ms. Ritter is a registered Investment Advisor Representative with the Texas State Securities Board, and a Series 50 Municipal Advisor Representative.