Marc Gonzales, Director, Department of Finance, Clackamas County, Oregon, became president of the Government Finance Officers
Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) on May 24, 2016. The gavel was passed at the association’s annual business meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Gonzales is an ex officio member of GFOA’s Committee on Retirement Benefits Administration and previously was an ex officio member of GFOA’s Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy. He has served on the GFOA Executive Board since 2011, was a member of GFOA’s Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy from 2008 to 2011, and has been a reviewer for GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program since 2010. His government has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 20 years and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 19 years. Gonzales has contributed to the association by speaking as a conference presenter for two years and serving as an instructor for GFOA training on budgeting and managing fiscal stress in 2010, 2012, and 2013. He also contributed to an article published on GFOA’s financial recovery webpage in 2010−2011.
Gonzales will serve on the GFOA’s Executive Board for one year as president. Gonzales’ leadership will help GFOA to continue to raise the bar of the government finance profession. His goals for the GFOA include engaging with the constituency to find new ways to create financial sustainability in government at all levels, including expanding GFOA offerings for members in smaller units of government. He also emphasizes creating paths for a future generation of public finance officers to aspire to careers in support of the public good, and seeks to continue GFOA’s critical and effective support for wise regulatory and legislative activity at both federal and state levels.