Dustin McDonald is the Director of the GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center, where he leads the effort to engage Congress, the Administration and the GFOA’s membership on our federal priority issues, covering all legislative and regulatory activity impacting municipal finance. In this role, McDonald develops and implements coalition advocacy campaigns with the GFOA’s state and local stakeholder organization partners, which include the National League of Cities; U.S. Conference of Mayors; National Association of Counties; International City/County Management Association; the National Governors Association; National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers; the National Association of State Treasurers, as well as membership organizations from the municipal securities lending, advisor and legal counsel community. Dustin provides regular updates and alerts to the GFOA’s membership on emerging and ongoing federal activity through our weekly newsletter, state rep letters and bi-monthly newsmagazine. Dustin also serves as lead staff on the GFOA’s Committee on Governmental Debt Management, working with committee members to develop best practices that promote sound financial practices for local, state and provincial governments.
Dustin McDonald began work with GFOA in January 2013 following a 10-year record of federal advocacy service on behalf of local governments from across the U.S. Prior to joining GFOA McDonald worked as a member of Holland & Knight’s Public Policy and Regulation Group, as well as the government relations practice of MARC Associates, where he provided federal advocacy leadership to local governments and their agencies as well as local government associations. McDonald led successful advocacy campaigns for the League of California Cites, the City and County of San Francisco, the Los Angeles County Community Development Corporation, the San Mateo County Transit District and the cities of Philadelphia and Phoenix on a diverse group of issues, including municipal finance and tax reform, multi-modal transportation and related infrastructure, housing and economic development, water and wastewater infrastructure improvements, telecommunications reform and public safety.
Aside from these efforts, McDonald has also written articles on federal issues impacting state and local governments that have appeared in Government Finance Review, Western City, New Jersey Municipalities and the National Association of Independent Financial Advisors monthly news magazines, as well as the CA Cities Advocate.
Before entering the private sector, McDonald served in the office of former California Congressman Steve Horn.