CPFO Spotlight: Angie Moore

Angie Moore, CPFO, CGFM, is deputy director of finance for Howard County, Maryland.

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1. Why did you want to become a CPFO? 

I aspired to become a more well-rounded finance professional and gain knowledge across various areas in finance such as debt management, treasury and investments, and budget. This certification provided the essential knowledge for me to excel comprehensively in all of these areas. Furthermore, it has aided in the implementation and sharing of best practices within my department.

2. What did you learn going through the process? 

While my previous experience was predominantly in  accounting and reporting, I aimed to broaden my knowledge of various aspects of finance in local government. Upon my recent promotion to deputy director, pursuing the certification played a pivotal role in connecting the dots regarding the cohesiveness of the entire finance department. It has equipped me with the knowledge needed to offer guidance and be a resource to my team.

3. How has becoming a CPFO made an impact on you in your profession?  

Achieving the CPFO designation has instilled in me the confidence to lead not just within my department but also to offer guidance to other county agencies. I frequently reference the resources and webinars offered by the program to aid my team in addressing various issues as they arise.  The certification has given me the skills and knowledge to be a better leader.

4. What would you say to others thinking about becoming a CPFO? 

I urge other government finance professionals to pursue the CPFO certification.  The certification is designed for our professional needs equipping us with the tools necessary to be successful in our careers. Make sure to allocate sufficient time to study and avoid rushing the process.

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