For Position 5

Diane Waldron, Comptroller, City of Bristol, Connecticut

Diane Waldron photo

GFOA Activities

  • GFOA Member for thirty-three years
  • Served on GFOA’s Committee on Retirement and Benefits for the past six years (2022–2023 Chair)
  • Member of GFOA Women’s Public Finance Network (2022–2023 President-Elect); served on Mentorship Program Committee
  • GFOA Annual Conference preconference session speaker on health benefits (2018)
  • Participated in GFOA’s Advanced Government Finance Institute at the University of Madison, Wisconsin
  • Government is annual recipient of GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Contributions to the Profession/Jurisdiction

  • Oversee investments of fully funded $700 million pension fund and administration of City benefit calculations
  • Coordinated request for proposal process for investment advisor for the City’s pension fund achieving approximately $800,000 in savings
  • Provide guidance and administrative oversight to the City’s American Rescue Plan Task Force (ARPA) to allocate $28 million in federal funding to City projects, local businesses and non-profits and monitor compliance and reporting in accordance with Treasury guidelines
  • Implemented financial modeling for capital program and economic development projects
  • Past President of the New England States GFOA (2011–2012) and current Executive Board member
  • Past President of GFOA of Connecticut (1997–1998); current Connecticut representative to New England States GFOA
  • Appointed member to the State of Connecticut Municipal Financial Advisory Commission (2010–present)
  • Appointed to the State of Connecticut Legislative Committee to study funding for post-retirement healthcare benefits and pension obligation bonds in 2005
  • Past President of Connecticut Public Pension Forum (2004–2009)
  • Member of Prudential Client Advisory Board (2006–2008)
  • Current member, Town of Cheshire, CT, Public Building Commission
  • Served as Treasurer to local non-profit, Soul Friends, which provides pet-assisted therapy
  • CPA

Goals for GFOA

I believe the primary objective of GFOA is to provide resources to those in the profession with up-to-date best practices and guidelines, training, and legislative information to best serve our communities and guide the next generation of public finance officials. Also, GFOA should continue to promote integrity, strong ethics, leadership skills, and honesty, which are all important to perform the duties and responsibilities that come with being leaders in our communities.


Fairfield University, Bachelor of Science, Accounting