Position 1

Lunda Asmani, Chief Financial Officer, Town of New Canaan, Connecticut

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GFOA Activities

  • GFOA Member for fifteen years
  • Currently serves on GFOA's Debt Management Committee; past member of GFOA's Treasury and Investment Committee
  • Past conference speaker and trainer on topics of Investment Management and Reserves
  • Attended GFOA's Advanced Government Finance Institute
  • His government has received the following GFOA Awards: Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (four years); Distinguished Budget Presentation Award (two years); and Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award (two years)

Contributions to the Profession/Jurisdiction

  • Responsible for creating a more effective public financial management strategy and improved financial processes and procedures among all departments of the Town
  • Essential functions include: advise the first selectman, town council, and board of finance on financial policies and issues affecting Town operations and services; serve as leader for Department of Finance and oversee Tax Collector’s Office and Tax Assessor’s Office; oversee the development and implementation of financial policies and procedures and manage financial operations to ensure compliance with applicable governing regulations; oversee the development and implementation of the Town’s annual budget process, long-range financial plan, comprehensive annual financial report and annual financial audit
  • Currently participates in the following boards and organizations: Connecticut GFOA (since 2016); International City/County Managers Association (since 2003), Norwalk Salvation Army Advisory Board; Norwalk Community Health Center Board of Directors
  • Past service includes the following: Kansas Public Risk Management Association (2011-2016); Board Member, United Way of Harvey County, Kansas (2010-2016); Public Risk Management Association (2010-2016); Kansas Association of City/County Management (2003-2016); Kansas GFOA (president in 2014; member 2003-2016); Board Member, Community Housing Services of Wichita (2007-2010); Board Member and Treasurer, Wichita Area Sexual Assault (2006-2010); Board Member, South Central Kansas Economic Development District (2005-2010); Big Brother Big Sister Volunteer (Bigs in Schools Program) (2001-2005), Advisory Board Member, Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs, Wichita State University (since 2014-2015)
  • Received several awards and recognitions including: Wichita Business Journal CFO Award Honoree (2014) and Forty Under Forty Honoree (2012); Excellence in Public Service Award, DeVore Foundation (2010); and Outstanding Student in Public Administration, American Society for Public Administration (2003)
  • Participated in the Local Government Senior Executive Institute, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia; received Graduate Certificate in Public Finance, Wichita State University; received Graduate Certificate in Economic Development, Wichita State University
  • CPFO

Goals for GFOA

GFOA's primary objective should be to foster professional development and promote diversity of inclusion in the profession. A significant role that GFOA can play is developing and encouraging a new generation of leaders into the field of public finance through enhanced mentorship opportunities and collaboration with state and provincial associations.

Education

Wichita State University, Master of Public Administration
University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Bachelor of Arts — Urban Planning & Economics