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GFOA 2nd Annual MiniMuni Conference Going Virtual This Month


(Chicago, Illinois -October 6, 2020) Governmental entities have been using debt for more than 200 years to fund public infrastructure, such as government buildings, water distribution systems, schools, police stations, and many other projects that require significant capital investment. Before issuing debt, a government needs to consider many factors including the most current information of current federal legislation and regulations. The Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) multi-day virtual session provides an opportunity to hear first-hand from key leaders in Washington, D.C., and participate in dialogue with issuer peers.

WHAT: MiniMuni: Best Practices and Current Topics in the Municipal Market for Issuers

WHEN: October 19‒21, 2020

Day 1 – 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Day 2 – 1:00 – 4:30 pm

Day 3 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)


Day 1

Emily S. Brock, Director, Federal Liaison Center, GFOA

Michael Decker, Vice President of Examinations, American Institute of CPAs

David Erdman, Capital Finance Director, State of Wisconsin

Manju Ganeruwala, State Treasurer, Commonwealth of Virginia

Nicole Griffith, CPFO, Howard County ‒ Department of Finance

Mark Kim, CEO, MSRB

Stacey C. Lewis, Partner, Pacifica Law Group

Lisa Washburn, Chief Credit Officer and Managing Director, MMA

Ben Watkins, Director, State of Florida ‒ Division of Bond Finance

Day 2

Natalie Cohen, President, National Municipal Research, Inc.

Tim Ewell, Chief Assistant County Administrator, County of Contra Costa, California

Jessica Giroux, Director of Governmental Affairs, NABL

Tracy Gordon, Senior Fellow, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center

Kent Hiteshew, Deputy Associate Director, Federal Reserve – Division of Financial Stability

Tom Kozlik, Head of Strategy and Credit, HilltopSecurities

Melissa Moye, Director, U.S. Department of the Treasury – Office of State and Local Finances

Day 3

Arlene Bohner, Head of U.S. Public Finance, Fitch Ratings

Karen Daly, Senior Managing Director, Kroll Bond Rating Agency

Kathy Kardell, Senior Debt Administrator, Office of Budget & Finance, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Jane Ridley, Senior Director& Sector Leader, S&P Global

WHERE: e-Learning course on GFOA’s learning management system


Finance officers responsible for issuing Municipal debt are encouraged to attend. Nine Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits are obtainable with participation.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event at the platinum, gold, and silver levels. For details and a pledge form, go to If you have questions about sponsorship, contact Mehreen Haroon.

For more information about GFOA’s 2nd Annual MiniMuni Conference, or for information about GFOA’s Washington, D.C., activities, visit, e-mail Emily Swenson Brock, Director, Federal Liaison Center, or call 312/977-9700.

To register as complimentary press for the event, e-mail Natalie Laudadio.

  • Publication date: October 2020