Committee on Economic Development and Capital Planning (CEDCP)

As the role of local government continues to evolve, the finance officer is frequently being put in the unfamiliar position of leading economic development projects. In addition, it is becoming increasingly important for governments to consider development issues as they prepare and execute their long-term capital plans. These trends have prompted the executive board to create the Committee on Economic Development and Capital Planning, whose mission is "to assist finance officers to become knowledgeable participants in planning, evaluation, and execution of community/economic development and capital issues through the drafting and promotion of policies, procedures, and best practices."

Members of the Committee

  • CHAIR: Kimberly Olivares, Chief Performance Officer, City of Austin, Austin, TX
  • VICE-CHAIR: Jason Greene, Finance Director, Town of Surfside, Surfside, FL

  • Sonia Andrews, Finance Manager, City of Peoria, Peoria, AZ
  • Kent R. Austin, CPFO, Capital Budget Manager, City of Dallas, TX
  • Collin Boothe, Assistant Director of Finance, City of Conroe, TX
  • Sarah Elizabeth Brown, Treasury Analyst, City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, MN
  • Rhonda Cheatham, Chief, Management Operations, DC Government - OCFO, Washington, D.C.
  • Debbie Chiu, Budget Operations Manager, City of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
  • Susan Cohen, Senior Manager, Finance and ECM, Regional Transportation District - FasTracks, Denver, CO
  • Matt Efird, Budget Administrator, City of Greenville, SC
  • Michael K. Folkers, Director of Finance and Administration, Port of Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, WA
  • Donna Maria Gayden, City Administrator, City of Fairburn GA
  • Jo Ann Giddings, CPA, Deputy Director, Financial Administration, City of Aurora, Aurora, CO
  • Brandon Kauffman, Finance Director, City of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Martin Lyons, CFO/City Treasurer, City of Aurora, IL
  • Angel Mumma, Director of Finance, City of Dublin, Dublin, OH
  • Diana Ramirez, Director, Economic Development & Strategic Investments, Travis County - Planning & Budget Office, Austin, TX
  • Walter C. Rossmann, Assistant City Manager, City of Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Mark Ruff, CFO, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
  • Doug Russell, City Manager, City of Kalispell, MT
  • Daphna E. Schwartz, Finance Director, Town of Hillsborough, Hillsborough, NC
  • Ari J. Sky, Chief Financial Officer, City of New Bedford, New Bedford, MA
  • Cheryl Spivey, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, City of Fayetteville, Fayetteville, NC
  • Jennifer Stevens, Management Accounting Manager, City of Raleigh, NC
  • Linda G. Witkowski, Budget Manager, Waukesha County, Waukesha, WI


  • Courtney Knight, Director, PFM Financial Advisors LLC
  • Richard J. Raphael, Principal, Long View Consulting, Fair Haven, NJ
  • Phoebe S. Selden, Senior Vice President, Acacia Financial Group, Chicago, IL
  • Ann Harrity Shawver, Owner/Consultant, Ann Harrity Shawver, CPA, PLLC, Roanoke, VA


  • Michael A. Bryant, Management & Budget Director, County of Mecklenburg, Charlotte, NC
  • Daniel J. Huge, Public Finance Director, Indiana Finance Authority, Indianapolis, IN

GFOA Staff

  • Barry McMeekin, Consulting Practice Manager, Research & Consulting Center, Chicago, IL
  • Shayne Kavanagh, Senior Manager - Research, Research & Consulting Center, Chicago, IL