Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy (BUDGET)

The Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy advises GFOA and recommends policies in budgeting, management, and related public finance areas not addressed by other GFOA committees. The committee actively promotes the professionalism of budget practitioners through the development of best practices and researching various initiatives. In meeting these responsibilities, the committee serves as a forum for the exchange of information about emerging issues, concepts, and techniques in public budgeting and management.

Members of the Committee

  • CHAIR: Scott M. Huizenga, Budget Officer, City of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
  • VICE-CHAIR: Judith M. Marte, Chief Financial Officer, Broward County School Board, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Jesus J. Amezcua, CPA, Assistant Superintendent for Business, HCDE, Houston, TX
  • Karen Bell, Finance Director, Madison County Finance Department, Jackson, TN
  • Diane Bergeron, Finance Director, City of Manassas, VA
  • Lisa Bracken, CFO, Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA
  • Matthew Brown, Chief Financial Officer, DC Water & Sewer Authority, Washington, DC
  • Jennifer Charneski, Finance Director, Town of Darien, Darien, CT
  • Kelleigh Decker, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, County of Lucas, Toledo, OH
  • Yvette Downs, Chief Financial Officer, DC Housing Finance Agency, Washington, DC
  • Bruce Fisher, Manager of Financial Policy, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Michael Gossman, MBA, Deputy County Administrator for the Office of Recovery and Resiliency, County of Sonoma, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Josh Harwood, City Economist, City of Portland, Portland, OR
  • David Allen Hines, Director of Operations, City of Pittston, Pittston, PA
  • Elizabeth Holleb, Director of Finance, City of Lake Forest, Lake Forest, IL
  • Jack Ireland, Budget Director, City of Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Laura Larsen, Budget & Program Evaluation Manager, City of Madison, Madison, WI
  • Nicole Lee, Assistant City Administrator, City of Smithville, MO
  • Melinda James Lopez, Ph.D., Chief Financial Information Officer, City of Hoover, Hoover, AL
  • Daniel P. Mason, Budget & Fiscal Director, State of Washington - Office of the State Treasurer, Olympia, WA
  • Sharon McGuire, OMB Director, City of Boca Raton - Office of Management & Budget, Boca Raton, FL
  • Joshua Ramirez, Financial Planning & Policy San Diego County, CA
  • Kate Jordan Steiner, Budget Director, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, San Francisco, CA
  • Patrice Sutton, Finance Director, County of Lake, Waukegan, IL
  • Barbara G. Whitehorn, Chief Financial Officer, City of Asheville, Asheville, NC


  • Jeffrey Bankowski, Managing Director, Guidehouse, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Timothy Blake, MD-Public Finance, Moody's Investors Service, New York, NY
  • Kevin A. Knutson, Regional Vice President, Management Partners, Cincinnati, OH
  • David Lakly, Public Service Assistant, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Atlanta, GA
  • Nancy L. Zielke, Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal, Kansas City, MO


  • Chris Daniel, CIO, City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
  • Terri Velasquez, CPA, CPFO, Director of Finance, City of Aurora, CO

GFOA Staff

  • Matt Bubness, Senior Manager, GFOA - Research & Consulting Center, Chicago, IL
  • John Fishbein, Senior Manager, GFOA - Technical Services Center, Chicago, IL