Women's Public Finance Network

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The Women's Public Finance Network is a voluntary association of women, elected and appointed officials, and other women finance professionals, formed within the GFOA of the United States and Canada to encourage active involvement and full participation of women members in the organization, policy-making process, and programs of the GFOA.

In carrying out this mission the Women's Public Finance Network will:

  • Develop a core network of women GFOA members to coordinate communications within the group;
  • Serve as a primary resource to the GFOA identifying and providing the names, qualifications, expertise, and interest of public finance practitioners eligible for GFOA and other nationally appointed positions; and
  • Coordinate its activities and programs in such a manner so as not to detract from GFOA activities and program.

WPFN By-Laws

2012-2014 Officers

  • Co-Chairs, Merrill King, Finance Director, Minnetonka, Minnesota and Phyllis Walker, Finance Director, State Universities Retirement System, Champaign, Illinois 
  • Co-Chairs Elect, Debbie Cherney, Assistant General Manager – Finance & Administration, Eastern Municipal Water District, Perris, California and Anne Poag Harty, Customer Services Director, Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Outreach Co-Chairs, Angela Joyner, Deputy Budget Director, DC Council Government, Washington, DC and Maryann Motza, Colorado State Social Security Administrator, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Denver, Colorado

GFOA Staff

Emily S. Brock, Senior Policy Advisor Federal Liaison Center

The Women's Public Finance Network is open to any active or associate GFOA member.  To sign up for the GFOA Women's Public Finance Network, please complete the sign up form.

Materials for May 2015 Annual Meeting