Ms. Ritter has served as a financial advisor to local governments since 2001. In 2008, she was one of the founding partners of Specialized Public Finance Inc. 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 Development Grants and Public Improvement Districts (“PIDs”.) She also assists governments in planning for bond elections.
Prior to her work with First Southwest Company, she was a Policy Analyst for Debt and Financial Planning for the Government Finance Officers Association (“GFOA”) in Chicago, Illinois. At GFOA, Ms. Ritter conducted debt training for government officials and authored “Conducting a Debt Affordability Study” and “An Elected Official’s Guide to Rating Agency Presentations.” She served as a liaison for the association with other municipal bond industry groups and regulatory authorities. She also served on 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. She is a Series 50 registered Municipal Advisor Representative with the Securities and Exchange Commission.