Kristin Hanson is a Director at PFM Financial Advisors LLC in the Minneapolis office. She focuses on Minnesota school districts and local governments. Ms. Hanson has been involved in public finance for over 20 years as both an issuer and a financial advisor, recently spending five years as an Assistant Commissioner at Minnesota Management and Budget where she oversaw the Debt Management Division and was responsible for managing the state’s general obligation debt as well as other state revenue and appropriation debt programs, worked with state agencies and local governments on the implementation of capital bonding appropriations, served on various state agency governing bodies that had debt issuance or investment authority, drafted legislations for new debt programs and managed the state’s rating process. While at the state, she oversaw the issuance of over $6.6 billion of bonds including tobacco settlement revenue bonds and state appropriation bonds to finance the public share of the Vikings stadium.
Before joining the state, Ms. Hanson was an independent financial advisor focused primarily on Minnesota school districts. She advised on various types of financings and ancillary services. She has experience with capital project financing, cash flow borrowing, lease transactions, refinancings, operating and building elections, and tax impact and levy analysis.
She has been active in various professional associations and currently serves on the boards of Women in Public Finance and the Minnesota Chapter of Women in Public Finance and is a member of the Debt Committee for the Government Finance Officers Association and the Debt Management Advisory Council for the University of Minnesota.
Ms. Hanson graduated with a Master of Arts from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs (with concentrations in Policy Analysis and Social Policy) at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts (with majors in Chemistry, French and Religion) from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.