Managing Director and Lead Analytical Manager, U.S. Public Finance - State & Local Government Group, Standard & Poor’s
Horacio is responsible for managing the team of analysts covering the local government sector regions in the Standard & Poor’s offices in San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Chicago, and New York offices. In addition, he is responsible for analyzing and rating issuers and transactions primarily in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee.
Prior to joining the Dallas office, Horacio was team Leader for the Mexican Public Finance group in the Standard & Poor’s Mexico City office. In that position, Horacio was responsible for rating issuers in Mexico, Central America, and the north portion of South American.
Horacio joined Standard & Poor’s in 1999 after working two years for the Ministry of Finance of the Government of the State of San Luis Potosí, first as Deputy Director of Public Debt, and later as Director of Finance, Debt and Public Credit.
Horacio holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in Public Accounting from the University of San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
Research Director, National Association of State Retirement Administrators
As research director for the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, Keith Brainard collects, prepares and distributes to NASRA members news, studies and reports pertinent to public retirement system administration and policy. NASRA members are the directors of 82 statewide public retirement systems in the United States. Combined, these systems hold assets of more than $2.5 trillion to fund pension and other benefits for most of the nation’s 22 million working and retired employees of state and local government.
Mr. Brainard is co-author of The Governmental Plans Answer Book, Third Edition, and he created and maintains the Public Fund Survey, an online compendium of public pension data. Keith has discussed public pension issues before Congress, state legislative committees, public pension boards of trustees, and on broadcast television and radio.
Keith is an appointed member of the Texas State Pension Review Board and is an elected member of the city council of Georgetown, Texas. He has worked previously for the Arizona State Retirement System and the Texas and Arizona legislatures, and he holds a BA and an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mayor, City of West Sacramento, California
Christopher Cabaldon became the first mayor directly elected by West Sacramento voters in November of 2004. He was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, and is currently serving his sixth elected term as mayor.
Mayor Cabaldon earned his B.S. in environmental economics from UC Berkeley, where he later served on the alumni association board, and a Master of Public Policy & Administration from CSU Sacramento, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Mayor Cabaldon’s work on transportation, land use, air quality and climate change, housing, and economic development is regarded as a model for effective collaborative action.
At the United States Conference of Mayors, he is Chair of the Jobs, Education, and Workforce Committee, and is considered one of the nation’s leading mayors on innovation, ports and exports, civil rights, floodplain management, and education. An appointee in the administrations of four California governors spanning both political parties, Mr. Cabaldon currently serves as California’s commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, where he is vice chair of issues analysis & research.
Mayor, City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has been honored as the top Mayor in the state and nation – and an international panel named him the No. 2 mayor in the world. Newsweek magazine called him one of the “five most innovative Mayors in the United States.”
He is Oklahoma City’s first four-term mayor will serve as President of the US Conference of Mayors in 2016.
He famously put the entire city on a diet to raise awareness on the issue of obesity. During his time in office, Oklahoma City has invested nearly $2 billion in schools and quality-of-life infrastructure, which has, in turn, generated nearly $6 billion in private sector investment. Oklahoma City’s economy is one of the nation’s most robust.
He is a popular national speaker on the topics of health and wellness, urban design and walkable cities. His TED TALK on those topics has been viewed by more than 1 million people worldwide.
He has a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from New York University.
Executive Director, National Governors Association
Dan Crippen serves as the executive director of the National Governors Association (NGA). As executive director, he works with governors to identify and prioritize pressing issues facing states and oversees NGA’s day-to-day operations. Crippen formerly served as director of the Congressional Budget Office, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy under the Reagan administration and Chief Counsel and Economic Advisor for Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker.
Chief Financial Officer, Government of the District of Columbia
Jeffrey S. DeWitt is the independent Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the District of Columbia. As CFO, he is responsible for the District’s finances, including its approximately $10 billion in annual operating and capital funds with over 35,000 government employees. He works closely with the Mayor, City Council, Congressional committees that oversee District affairs, and regularly interacts with the Wall Street financial community. Previously, Jeff DeWitt served as CFO for the city of Phoenix, the 6th largest city in the United States.
Chief Innovation Officer, County/City of Philadelphia.
Adel Ebeid is the first Chief Innovation Officer for the County/City of Philadelphia. Appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter in August 2011, Adel is responsible for managing the City’s innovation agenda which includes ideation, Open Data, Government Transparency, Civic Technology, innovation lab and municipal innovation academy, mobile app development, public computing and civic engagement. In addition to nurturing the City’s innovation ecosystem, Adel is also accountable for the City’s traditional IT portfolio which includes infrastructure services, application development and maintenance, GIS, unified communications, public safety services and the City’s internet and social media presence.
Prior to becoming Philadelphia’s Chief Innovation Officer, Adel was the CIO/CTO for the State of New Jersey where he led the central technology organization through several transitions from 1998 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2011. In between, Adel was the Chief Operating Officer for the Motor Vehicle Commission where he managed the Agency’s IT transformation to produce the State’s first digital driver license, re-engineered counter operations, graduated driver license program, and a driver-focused self-service portal.
Staff Writer, Governing
Alan covers politics as well as policy issues for Governing. He is the coauthor of a standard textbook on state and local governments. He previously worked as a reporter for NPR and CQ and has written about politics and culture for many other outlets, print and online. email@example.com | Google+
President, National Association of Counties (NACo)
Maui County, Hawaii Council Member Riki Hokama was elected president of the National Association of Counties (NACo) on July 14, 2014 at the NACo Annual Conference in Orleans Parish, La.
Hokama has been active in NACo since 2001 as a member of the Board of Directors, Financial Services Corporation Board of Directors, Election Reform Task Force and the Finance Committee.
Hokama was first elected to public office in 1978 as a delegate to the Hawaii State Constitutional Convention. Later, he was elected to serve on the Maui County Council from 1999 to 2009 and again in 2011.
Raised on the island of Lanai, Hokama graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. He previously worked for Castle & Cooke Company (Dole Pineapple Company), other private businesses and the Hawaii State Legislature. During his lifetime, he experienced the transformation of his home island from a major pineapple producer to a resort destination area.
Louis Jacobson is deputy editor of PolitiFact, the fact-checking website that is part of the Tampa Bay Times of Florida. Previously, he was deputy editor of the congressional newspaper Roll Call, the founding editor of its affiliate, CongressNow, and a staff correspondent at National Journal. Since the 2010 election cycle, Jacobson has handicapped gubernatorial, state legislative and state attorney general races, as well as the electoral college, for Governing. Since 2002, he has handicapped state and federal races for such publications as the Cook Political Report, the Rothenberg Political Report, Roll Call, Stateline.org and PoliticsPA.com. Jacobson was a contributing writer to two editions of the Almanac of American Politics, and he has won awards for statehouse coverage from Capitolbeat. firstname.lastname@example.org | @loujacobson | Google+
Mayor, City of Plano, Texas
Since moving from New York City to Plano in 1994, Mayor Harry LaRosiliere has been involved in community service. He has volunteered with many non-profit agencies and served on several boards and commissions, followed by two terms as a council member.
In May of 2013, Harry LaRosiliere was elected Mayor of Plano. He was sworn in as Plano’s 39th Mayor and is the first African American to be elected to this office. His key areas of focus are economic development, revitalization, quality of service and community engagement. Mayor’s first year in office has been rewarding. Plano has been able to attract corporate headquarters such as Toyota and Hilti, and regional headquarters of FedEx and loanDepot, as well as other businesses like USAA. Over his term the Mayor has worked on community initiatives in partnership with private businesses, faith-based organizations, and the community at large to support Plano’s youth. This resulted in the Mayor’s Intern Program, which connected motivated high school students with exceptional local companies, and the Food 4 Kids Plano program, which provides a backpack of nutritional food to chronically hungry children on weekends during the school year.
MPH, Director of State Policy and Programs, National Association of Medicaid Directors
Kathleen Nolan joined the staff of the National Association of Medicaid Directors in May 2011. At NAMD, Ms. Nolan manages state technical assistance on a range of policy and programmatic issues relevant to Medicaid directors. Prior to NAMD, Ms. Nolan worked for seven years as Director of the Health Division in the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices. As Division Director, Ms. Nolan led efforts to support implementation of best practices on health care issues facing states including health care reform, Medicaid, health IT, and public health programs.
Ms. Nolan previously held health policy positions with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Institute of Medicine. Before moving to Washington, Ms. Nolan served as a Program Specialist in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Kathleen received her M.P.H. from the George Washington University, and her B.A. in psychology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Executive Director, International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Robert J. O’Neill, Jr., is Executive Director of ICMA, the International City/County Management Association and a Principal Director of the Center for the State and Local Excellence, LLC. Prior to joining ICMA in December 2002, O’Neill served as President of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). O’Neill served as Fairfax County Executive and City Manager of Hampton, Virginia. He was the 2001 recipient of The Spirit of Public Service award presented by The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. In 1996 he was named recipient of the National Public Service Award. O’Neill graduated summa cum laude from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He received his Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Director, School Facilities Department, State of Wyoming
The agency is responsible for directing Wyoming’s multi-billion dollar program to recapitalize the state’s public schools. Mr. Panos also serves as Executive Director for the Wyoming School Facilities Commission and is on the cabinet of Governor Matt Mead. Director Panos is considered a thought leader on the effects of the physical planning and development of our nation’s schools to educational outcomes, sustainable communities and economic prosperity.
A founding member of the National Council of School Facilities, Mr. Panos previously served on the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, was a special advisor to the California State University Chancellor’s Office, a recipient of the TRW Chairman’s Award for Innovation, and also received the Harvard University’s Ford Foundation Award for Excellence in American Government.
With an extensive background in integrated systems thinking and complex problem solving, Mr. Panos has assisted state and local government, port authorities, international manufacturing companies, and national security providers in advancing change and innovation.
Executive Director, National Association of State Budget Offices (NASBO)
Scott D. Pattison has served as the Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) in Washington, D.C. since 2001.
Founded in 1945, NASBO serves as the professional organization for all state budget officers of the fifty states and U.S. territories. NASBO collects data and publishes numerous reports on state fiscal conditions and organizes meetings and training for budget and finance officials
Prior to coming to NASBO, Pattison served for four years as Virginia’s state budget director and also headed the Regulatory and Economic Analysis section of the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget. He previously served in a variety of capacities in the office of the Virginia Attorney General, including as Counsel on finance issues.
Pattison has served on numerous boards and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond and recently served on the board of Old Dominion University. He is a fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and is currently Chair of the academic group the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM).
Executive Director, National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
Representing state CIOs and information technology executives, NASCIO is the premier network
and resource for state CIOs and an advocate for information technology at all levels of government.
NASCIO provides state CIOs and members with products and services designed to support the
challenging role of the state CIO, stimulate the exchange of information and promote the adoption of IT best practices and innovations. Doug is responsible for the overall executive leadership of the association including strategic planning, policy execution, government affairs, strategic alliances, emerging issues and board and committee oversight.
Doug is a frequent speaker, panelist and author representing NASCIO issues, state CIOs, IT
policy, trends and state government issues. In addition, he represents NASCIO on several national
boards, committees and advisory groups. Among his recognitions, he was named to Government
Technology magazine’s 2006 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in public sector information
President & CEO, Eno Center for Transportation
Joshua L. Schank is President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a non-profit foundation with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Before joining Eno, he directed the National Transportation Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center which proposed a new vision for the Federal role in surface transportation policy, and Dr. Schank was Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton during the development of the previous surface transportation authorization bill (SAFETEA-LU). Dr. Schank’s extensive work in transportation policy and planning is well documented in his publications, including “All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding,” co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos and published by CQ Press in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Lindsey and his sons Max and Jonah.
Chair, Procurement Innovation and Interoperability Standards Advisory Committee, Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute (IJISI)
Mr. Shumate has over 50 years’ experience in the field of computer related business activities He has been an entrepreneur throughout his career and was a pioneer in the development of Public Safety Information Systems having developed and installed the first online police systems in St Louis in 1964. He was the founder and CEO of Systems Science Corporation a pioneer in the development of Public Safety information systems, which was later, acquired by Planning Research Corporation. He served as Executive Vice president of PRC International for nine years. Mr. Shumate has served on numerous corporate boards including Tiburon Inc., Logica Inc. URL Integration and served as non-executive Board Chairman of Finalco Inc. an equipment leasing company, which he founded in 1967, and of Dialcom Inc. a provider of online computer services. He was also the founder of Transaction Verification Systems Inc a manufacturer of security equipment and served as its CEO from 1980 until 2000. Mr. Shumate also served as CFO of URL Integration from 2005 until 2012.
Chief of Civic Innovation, Office of Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, Kentucky
Ted Smith was appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer as the Chief of Civic Innovation. Ted’s efforts include the 2012 IBM Smarter City Challenge-winning adoption of Asthmapolis sensor inhalers across Louisville to develop a new understanding of asthma. Ted is an Open Government/Open Data champion and is responsible for efforts to expand the entrepreneurial and innovation economy of Louisville. Ted also serves as Executive Director of a civic innovation laboratory – The Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil. Prior to city government, he was appointed Senior Innovation Advisor in the HHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) of Health IT. He founded chronic disease news service MedTrackAlert which was acquired by Health Central in 2008. He holds a B.S. from Allegheny College and M.A. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Miami University (OH) and a post-doc at MIT. He was a Co-Investigator for the Neurolab shuttle mission. He was named 2013 Government Technology’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.”
Senior Economist, Moody’s Analytics
Dan White is a Senior Economist at Moody’s Analytics, responsible for coordinating government consulting and regional economic research with a special emphasis on fiscal policy. He regularly presents to clients and conferences, and has been featured in a number of print, radio, and televised media outlets, ranging from the Wall Street Journal to National Public Radio. He also has the pleasure of working closely with a number of governments in a consulting role. Before joining Moody’s Analytics, Dan worked as a financial economist for the New Mexico State Legislative Finance Committee in Santa Fe, where he forecast revenues and analyzed a wide range of policy issues concentrated around economic development, public investment, and debt management. Dan holds an MA in economics as well as undergraduate degrees in finance and international business from New Mexico State University.