Shayne Kavanagh

Senior Manager, Research
Research and Consulting

Shayne is the Senior Manager of Research for GFOA and has been a leader in developing the practice and technique of long-term financial planning and policies for local government. He started GFOA's long-term financial planning and policy consulting offering in 2002 and has been working with governments on financial planning and policies ever since. Shayne has worked with many governments on financial planning and policies, including: the City of San Clemente, California; the City of Gresham, Oregon; the City of Montclair; California; the City of San Juan Capistrano, California; Adams County, Pennsylvania; Yolo County, California; and the City of Menlo Park, California.

Shayne's financial planning experience also drives his research at GFOA. He is the author of a number of influential publications on financial planning, including:

•    The leading and highly regarded book about long-term financial planning in local government, Financing the Future.
•    Financial Policies: Design and Implementation, GFOA's flagship publication on the topic.
•    An Elected Officials Guide to Long-Term Financial Planning, a book that focuses on the pivotal role of elected officials in the planning process.
•    A number of articles on long-term financial planning, financial policies, budget reform, using technology to improve efficiency, and other related topics for magazines including Government Finance Review, Public Management, School Business Affairs, and Public CIO.

Prior to joining GFOA, Shayne was the Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Palos Park, Illinois, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of financial management operations, including budgeting, utility billing, payroll, and accounting. He received his MPA degree from Northern Illinois University.

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