Cynthia Evangelisti

Title: 
Treasurer
Organization: 
Chicago Park District
Bio: 

GFOA Activities

– GFOA Member for 13 years

– Served on GFOA’s Committee on Treasury and Investment Management (2008 to 2013; chair/co-chair of investment subcommittee, 2010 to 2013)

– Served on GFOA’s Local Conference Committee for the 2012 annual conference in Chicago, Illinois

– Participated in GFOA’s Advanced Government Finance Institute in 2008

– Served on the Special Review Committee for GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Awards Program (2006 to 2007) and as a reviewer for GFOA’s Popular Annual Financial Reporting Awards Program (2009 to present)

– Co-author of the article, “Reexamining Banking Due Diligence,” which appeared in Treasury Management Newsletter in May 2012

– Co-author of the article, “Banking Due Diligence in the New Financial World,” which appeared in Government Finance Review in October 2009

Contributions to the Profession/Jurisdiction

– Over the course of her career, she has managed and closed more than $23 billion in bond transactions, spanning multiple credits

– Played a pivotal role in the Park District’s achieving upgrades from rating agencies and the creation and development of the agency’s debt policy and procedures, banking due diligence, and the continued diversification of its investment portfolio

– Member of organizations including Women in Public Finance (emeritus director and treasurer, 2004 to 2006), Chicago Chapter of Women in Public Finance (vice president of operations, 2018, and past treasurer, 2016), and the National Association of Bond Lawyers Paralegal Section (member)

– Finalist for the City of Chicago’s Kathy Osterman Award for Public Service in 2008

Goals for GFOA

She sees GFOA’s most important functions as continuing to provide:

– Quality training and technical expertise that serves its members, including serving as a repository of educational materials (best practices, advisories, and publications)

– Leadership by advocating for all finance officers from small, medium, or large governmental agencies on issues such as municipal bonds (SEC and IRS)

– Networking opportunities at the annual conference that allow delegates to share related financial strategies and possible job opportunities

Education

DePaul University, School of Public Service, M.S. in Public Services Management Northeastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration