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, Debt Manager, Hennepin County, MN

  • Silvia Amparano, Deputy Director, Tuscon Water, City of Tucson, AZ
  • Giedre Ball, Debt Manager, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Washington DC
  • Kristine Brock, CPFO, Assistant City Administrator/CFO, City of Franklin, TN
  • Olga Chernat, Executive Director, NYC Municipal Water Finance Authority, NY
  • Dave Erdman, Capital Finance Director, State of Wisconsin
  • Tim Ewell, Chief Assistant County Administrator, County of Contra Costa, CA
  • Barry Fick, Executive Director, Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority, St. Paul, MN
  • Matt Gierach, Debt Manager, City of Portland, Portland, OR
  • Noel Graczyk, Administrative Services Director, City of Chaska, MN
  • Nicole Griffith, Bureau Chief of Cash & Debt Services Howard County Department of Finance, Ellicott City, MD
  • Cindy Harris, Chief Financial Officer, Iowa Finance Authority, Des Moines, IA
  • Lisa Marie Harris, Director of Finance/Treasurer, San Diego Water Authority, CA
  • Bryan Kidney, Director of Finance and Administration, City of Independence, MO
  • Jessica Lamendola, Director of Administrative and Financial Services, City of Topeka, Topeka, KS
  • Richard Li, Public Debt Specialist, City of Milwaukee, WI
  • C. LaShea Lofton, Finance Director, City of Dayton, OH
  • Kimberley Nichols, Deputy Director, Division of Bond Finance, State of Florida
  • Tom Raguz, Director of Finance, City of Brooklyn, OH
  • Marina Scott, City Treasurer, Salt Lake City Corporation, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Lee Ann Shortland, Director of Finance, City of Westerville, OH
  • Nicole Speight, Debt Manager, County of Loudoun, VA
  • Kristine Brock, Assistant City Administrator/CFO, City of Franklin, TN
  • Kendel Taylor, Director of Finance, City of Alexandria, VA
  • Anna Van Degna, Director, Public Finance Director, City & County of San Francisco, CA

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, Head of Strategy and Credit, Hilltop Securities Inc., Dallas, TX
  • Jane Ridley, Senior Director and Sector Leader, S&P Global Ratings
  • Michael Sudsina, President, Sudsina & Associates, LLC, Vermillion, OH

Ex-Officios

  • Laura Allen, Town Administrator, Town of Berlin, MD
  • Debby Cherney, Chief Executive Officer, San Bernardino County Employees' Retirement Association (SBCERA)
  • Cynthia J. Evangelisti, Treasurer, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

GFOA Staff