Shayne Kavanagh

Shayne Kavanagh
Senior Manager, Research
Research and Consulting

Shayne Kavanagh is the Senior Manager of Research for GFOA. Shayne has been developing the practice and technique of long-term financial planning, financial policies, and Lean process improvement for local government since 2002 and has been working with local governments to put these methods into practice ever since. Shayne has worked with many governments on financial planning across the United States and Canada, including cities, counties, and school districts.

He is the author of a number of publications on financial planning and policies, including:

  • The leading book about long-term financial planning in local government, Financing the Future.
  • An Elected Officials Guide to Long-Term Financial Planning, a book that focuses on the pivotal role of elected officials in the planning process.
  • Financial Policies, the essential guide to developing and implementing policies that define standards for financial management.
  • A number of articles on long-term financial planning, financial policies, budget reform, process improvement, and other related topics for magazines including Government Finance Review, Public Management, School Business Affairs, and Public CIO

He is also spoken at a number of conferences including: the national GFOA conference, the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, the Florida GFOA, the New England States GFOA, the International City/County Managers Association, the National League of Cities, and the National Tax Association. He has also been as guest lecturer at Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining GFOA, Shayne was the Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Palos Park, Illinois, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of financial management operations, including budgeting, utility billing, payroll, and accounting. He received his MPA degree from Northern Illinois University.

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