Melinda M. Gildart, CPA, MBA
Melinda Gildart is the Immediate Past Chair of the CAAFR Committee and currently Budget Director at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. In this new role, Melinda develops and manages the divisional biennial budgets, financial and operational policies and procedures, oversees the accounting and finance functions, as well as drives organizational change management. Previously, Melinda served as the Controller for Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district, where she oversaw the Corporate Accounting, Disbursements and Business Services, Grants Accounting and Reporting, Financial Reporting and Compliance and the Revenue and Accounts Receivable functions. Melinda led her staff in developing and implementing districtwide financial policies and internal controls, as well as issuing the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and its Popular Annual Financial Report. She also directly managed CPS’ annual external Financial and Federal Single Audits, which encompassed over 600 schools, with a total annual operating budget of over $6 billion. With 20 years of governmental finance experience, Melinda has also served in other senior finance roles at the federal, state and local levels, namely with the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Illinois Finance Authority. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Accounting, a Master of Business Administration from Roosevelt University and is a licensed certified public accountant.