Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative

We believe that advancing excellence in government finance is interconnected with our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our members shape the policies, programs, and resource allocations in their communities, and we are strengthened by the differences they represent. GFOA’s DEI Initiative outlines the actions being taken to uphold the principles of DEI as stated in GFOA’s Code of Ethics.

DEI Commitment Statement

We value diversity and strive to create an environment where each community, colleague, and member feels welcomed, respected, valued, and a sense of belonging in our network, and is equipped to instill the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into their workplaces and policies.

Together, we aspire to establish trust in government through public service that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive to build strong and healthy communities.

What do we mean by DIVERSITY?

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What do we mean by EQUITY?

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What do we mean by INCLUSION?

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Progress on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion since 2020

Ongoing Initiatives

  • GFOA scholarship for minority students
  • Identified diversity as part of selection criteria for GFOA Executive Board
  • Intentional effort to recruit diverse volunteers for GFOA committees, trainers, speakers, and appointed representatives

Understanding Current Diversity

  • Effort to measure diverse candidates as part of application process
  • Effort to measure diversity of GFOA membership

Additional Steps

Strategic Partnerships

GFOA formed partnerships with National Forum for Black Public Administrators and Local Government Hispanic Network to further diversity goals.

Amended GFOA Bylaws to include DEI


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

GFOA will promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) in the government finance profession, and within GFOA, and the Executive Board, or its designee(s), may from time to time adopt policies to further those goals.

Networking Opportunities

Black Caucus

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Local Government Hispanic Network

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Women's Public Finance Network

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DEI Research and Articles