Nancy Zielke

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services

Nancy Zielke

Nancy L. Zielke is a leading public finance leader providing innovative solutions and strategies to improve state and local government financial and operating results and navigate through financial difficulties. She performs operational and organizational improvement assessments and remediation analysis to improve financial operations, technology, internal controls, and business processes.

With over 40 years of governments finance experience, Nancy has demonstrated experience and a proven track record leading state and local governments to improve financial and operational results and navigating through fiscal uncertainty.

She has led over 60 CFO advisory, government transformation, and technology-related assessments focusing on accounting remediation and technology assessments financial internal controls, and operational and organizational improvement assessments. Nancy has served in interim CFO and Budget Officer roles addressing operating deficits, cash flow requirements, financial forecasting, internal controls, and organizational improvement strategies.

As a current Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services, Ms. Zielke has been the executive leader on various advisory service projects improving the financial health of governments and successful implementation of strategic initiatives to achieve financial sustainability. Nancy has served as an expert witness and consultant on various municipal related state and federal court litigations, bankruptcy mediation cases, and has testified in federal and state courts, and in front of state legislative committees and federal government regulatory agencies.

Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Ms. Zielke worked in state and local government for more than 20 years where she served in executive financial and budget officer positions (University of Missouri-Kansas City; Unified Government of Wyandotte County/City of Kansas City, KS.; Kansas City Board of Public Utilities; Coon Rapids, MN., and the State of Kansas).
Nancy’s direct operating experience is highlighted by her successful contribution in leading state and local government financial transformation initiatives. These efforts achieved the GFOA’s Certification of Achievement in Financial Reporting, the Distinguished Budget Awards Program, and the Awards for both Excellence for Financial Planning and Management Service.

Nancy been an active member and supporter of GFOA in late 1980's including serving on the Executive Board for six years and the 2004-05 President of GFOA. She is currently an advisor to the Governmental Budgeting and Financial Policy Standing Committee. She was a previous chair of the Woman’s Finance Network and co-chair of the GFOA Technology Task Force. Nancy has been an instructor for GFOA Training programs and past reviewer for both the Distinguished Budget Award and Award in Excellence programs.

Ms. Zielke received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Adrian College and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. She holds a certificate as an Emergency Manager from Michigan State University.