Donna M. Gayden

Title: 
Interim Finance Director
Organization: 
City of Country Club Hills
Bio: 

With over 25 years of experience as a financial management and accounting operations professional, Ms. Gayden has taken her knowledge and expertise into leadership roles in public administration as the Interim Finance Director for the City of Country Club Hills, Illinois

For the last 20 years, Ms. Gayden has served as the City Administrator for the City of Fairburn, Village Manager for the Village of Hazel Crest, Village Administrator for the Village of Glenwood, and the Controller of CEDA (Community Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.) the nation’s largest Community Action Agency. She oversaw CEDA’s annual budget of $200 million - managing payroll and finances for more than 40 CEDA administration programs.

Ms. Gayden holds a Master of Science in Tax Law from John Marshall Law School and a Master of Science in Accounting from Governors State University. She also earned certificates in: Senior Executives in State and Local Government from Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Investigation and Prevention of Commercial Fraud from Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies; and Leadership and Organizational Development from Governor’s State University.

Ms. Gayden began her accounting career as a Senior Accountant with Robison Retail Store (a division of the May Co.).  Later she worked with the minority CPA firm of Simpson & Simpson in Los Angeles, where she performed audits on the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Sales and Tax Division. She has also traveled abroad performing international accounting as a consultant.

Ms. Gayden currently serves as: the Treasurer for TCA Health Clinic; Commissioner representing Cook County on the Mid-Mark Water Commission and on various other committees and organizations.