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Alma Chavez Strasser

CFRE Director of Development
College of Public Programs
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Heather Beshears
Director, Strategic Marketing and Communications
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Michelle Oldfield
Event Manager
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Dr. David Swindell

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2015 ASU Public Finance Conference


March 12-13, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona


Each year, the ASU Public Finance Conference brings together practitioners and public officials to discuss one of the key challenges in contemporary governance: financial capacity in the public sector.

This year, in addition to core sessions on basic public finance practices, the conference will include panels discussing new legislative and legal developments in the finance arena. 

William Glasgall, program and editorial director for Volker Alliance's State/Local Accountability and Improvement programs, will open the conference. A long-time business journalist and former managing editor at Bloomberg News, Volker will share Volker's perspective on public finance and how his team is a team that is addressing the recommendations from the State Budget Crisis Task Force.

Kent Hiteshew, director of the Office of State and Local Finance at the U.S. Department of Treasury will be the keynote speaker. His office was established in response to requests for assistance from local jurisdictions facing fiscal and financial challenges. He will share observations on the role of the new office as well as new and upcoming federal activities to address local governments' continued rebound from the effects of the recession.

Special topics panels will focus on the emerging uses of social impact bonds and smart city financing. One panel will be devoted to sports and cultural amenities financing with guests including Paul Dolan, CEO of the Cleveland Indians, Jeffrey Patchen, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Simon Farbrother, recent past president of the International City/County Management Association and city manager of Edmonton, Canada, and Dr. Mark Rosentraub, director of the University of Michigan 

get to know the speakers:

Paul Dolan has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Indians since 2010. He previously served as the Vice President and General Counsel with the Cleveland Indians. Prior to joining the Indians in 2002, he was associated with the law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan and served as a Partner since 1992. He has been a Director of The J. M. Smucker Company since April 2006.

Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, one of the 25 most-visited museums in the U.S. Throughout the course of his tenure Patchen has led the museum down new paths, starting with refocusing its mission from serving children to serving children and families. That was coupled with an emphasis on the family learning experience.

Simon Farbrother joined the City of Edmonton as City manager in 2010. He has worked in municipalities for the past 20 years and has presented nationally and internationally on a range of municipal leadership topics. The International City/County Managers Association with awards has recognized Simon for Program Excellence for Innovation in Local Government (2001) and for Environmental Sustainability (2006). Simon recently completed a three-year term as International Vice President of the International City/County Managers Association board. He has also served as President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators and as President of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Dr. Mark Rosentraub is the Co-Director of the Michigan Center for Sport Management at the University of Michigan. He is also a professor and Bickner Endowed Chair at the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology. He is the author of Major League Winners: Using Sports and Cultural Centers as Tools for Economic Development and Major League LosersThe Real Cost Of Sports And Who's Paying For It.