Committee On Governmental Debt Management (DEBT)

The GFOA Committee on Governmental Debt and Fiscal Policy promotes sound financial practices for local, state, and provincial governments. The Committee works on best practices, actively engages with participants in the market to help develop guidelines and updates for its members, and monitors legislative and regulatory activities that impact the ability of state and local governments to continue borrowing in a cost effective manner.

During the past year, the GFOA Committee on Governmental Debt and Fiscal Policy has undertaken projects and addressed a number of important policy issues with the objective of promoting sound financial practices for local, state, and provincial governments. The Committee continued its work on best practices, actively worked with participants in the market to help develop guidelines and updates for its members, and monitored legislative and regulatory activities which would impact the ability of state and local governments to continue borrowing in a cost-effective manner.

Members of the Committee

  • CHAIR: Kenton Tsoodle, Assistant Finance Director, City of Oklahoma City, OK
  • VICE-CHAIR: Kathy Kardell, Office of Budget and Finance, Hennepin County, MN

  • Silvia Amparano, Executive Management Advisor, City of Tucson, AZ
  • Alan Anders, Deputy Director for Finance, New York City Office of Management & Budget, NY
  • Giedre Ball, Debt Manager, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Washington DC
  • Jonas Biery, Business Operations Manager, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, OR
  • Olga Chernat, Executive Director, NYC Municipal Water Finance Authority, NY
  • Bob Eichem, Chief Financial Advisor, City of Boulder, CO
  • Dave Erdman, Capital Finance Director, State of Wisconsin
  • Tim Ewell, Chief Assistant County Administrator, County of Contra Costa, CA
  • Daniel Frockt, Chief Financial Officer, Louisville Metro Government
  • Cindy Harris, Chief Financial Officer, Iowa Finance Authority
  • Lisa Marie Harris, Director of Finance/Treasurer, San Diego Water Authority, CA
  • Eric Johansen, Debt Manager, City of Portland, OR
  • Bryan Kidney, Director of Finance and Administration, City of Independence, MO
  • C. LaShea Lofton, Finance Director, City of Dayton, OH
  • Kimberely Nichols, Deputy Director, Division of Bond Finance, State of Florida
  • Tom Raguz, Director of Finance, City of Brooklyn, OH
  • Megan K. Reilly, Chief Business Officer, Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, CA
  • Lee Ann Shortland, Director of Finance, City of Westerville, OH
  • Nicole Speight, Debt Manager, County of Loudoun, VA
  • Kristine Tallent, Assistant City Administrator/CFO, City of Franklin, TN
  • Kendel Taylor, Director of Finance, City of Alexandria, VA
  • Anna Van Degna, Director, Controller's Office of Public Finance, City & County of San Francisco, CA
  • David Vehaun, City Manager, City of Rock Hill, SC

Advisors

  • Jay M. Goldstone, Managing Director, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., Los Angeles, CA
  • Kristin Hanson, Director, Public Financial Management, Saint Paul, MN
  • Tom Kozlik, Managing Director and Municipal Bond Strategist, PNC Capital Markets
  • Jane Ridley, Senior Director and Sector Leader, S&P Global Ratings
  • Michael Sudsina, President, Sudsina & Associates, LLC, Vermillion, OH

Ex-Officios

  • Debby Cherney, Deputy General Manager, Eastern Municipal Water District, Perris, CA
  • Marion Gee, Finance Director, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
  • Dawn Lang, Management Services Director, City of Chandler, AZ

GFOA Staff