Position 2

Jennifer L. Brown, CGFO, Director of Finance, City of Sugar Land, Texas

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GFOA Activities

  • GFOA Member for twenty years
  • Served on GFOA Executive Board Nominating Committee (2019-2021)
  • Participated on GFOA’s Ethics Task Force (2018-2019)
  • Served on GFOA’s Committee on Governmental Debt Management (2013-2018)
  • Attended GFOA’s Advanced Government Finance Institute (2015)
  • Author of the article, “The Finance Officer's Role in a Bond Election,” in Government Finance Review (2017)
  • Past GFOA Annual Conference moderator/presenter on Debt 101 (2017); Muni Bonds Best Practices (2016); and Bond Referendum Strategy (2015)

Contributions to the Profession/Jurisdiction

  • Currently responsible for Accounting, Municipal Court, Purchasing, and Treasury; responsible for Budget and CIP (2014-2021)
  • Develop and update financial policies; serve as a liaison to City Management and City Council and make recommendations on financial decisions
  • Manage debt program; serve as investment program manager; assist with economic development corporations, tax increment reinvestment zones, and public-private partnerships
  • Key team member in annexation of nine municipal utility districts (2017)
  • Coordinated and managed financing for construction of Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, adjacent plaza, parking, and marquee sign
  • Participate in legislative updates and testified on behalf of the City in Austin several times
  • Implemented GO Bond packages (2013 and 2019 elections)
  • Steering committee member for successful citywide ERP procurement and implementation
  • Panelist at SEC Disclosure Conference (2020)
  • Presenter at Houston Investors Conference (2017 and 2018)
  • Panelist at Municipal Bond Summit (2017)
  • Presenter at Texas Municipal League Tax and Budget Workshop (2014 and 2015)
  • Presenter at GFOA of Texas conferences (2019)

Goals for GFOA

Local finance professionals should reflect the communities they serve and GFOA should encourage interest in the profession in underserved communities. Additionally, GFOA should attract students to local government finance as a career option, which can also turn into success in other areas of government management.


Texas A&M University, Master of Science ‒Agricultural Economics
Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science ‒ Agribusiness