21st Annual Conference


October 26-27th, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA

To Register for this event, click here. Registration will be available at the door.

Keynote Speaker


Mary L. Schapiro Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2009‐2012) Keynote Conversation

Mary Schapiro’s service as the 29th SEC chairman culminated decades of regulatory leadership. She was the first woman to serve as SEC chairman, and the only person to have served as chairman of both the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

During four years as SEC chairman, Schapiro presided over one of the busiest rule-making agendas in the SEC’s history, during which the agency also brought a record number of enforcement actions, and executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors. Upon her departure, President Obama praised her leadership, saying the SEC became stronger and the financial system “safer and better able to serve the American people—thanks in large part to Schapiro’s hard work.

Before becoming SEC chairman, Schapiro served as CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the largest non- governmental regulator of securities firms. She worked for more than a decade with FINRA and its largest predecessor, the National Association of Securities Dealers. She was president of NASD regulation, vice chairman of the NASD, and was NASD’s chairman and CEO at the time of its consolidation into FINRA.

Earlier, Schapiro was chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; a commissioner of the SEC; and general counsel and senior vice president of the Futures Industry Association. She began her career at the CFTC, serving first as a trial attorney and later as counsel and executive assistant to the chairman.

Schapiro is currently vice chairman of Promontory Financial Group’s Advisory Board, a board member at General Electric, the London Stock Exchange Group, and The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and vice chair of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.


Featured Speaker

Teresa S. Polley President & CEO, Financial Accounting Foundation

Teresa S. Polley was appointed President of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) in May 2008, and was subsequently promoted to the role of President and CEO in 2010.  She brings over 20 years of experience with FAF and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to the position.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Polley served as Executive Director of Advisory Groups for the FASB.  In this role, she was primary liaison between the Board and its constituent organizations that provide input into its decision-making processes.  These include the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC), consisting of a diverse membership of financial statement users, preparers, and auditors representing a cross-section of industries; the Small Business Advisory Committee (SBAC), representing more than 20 users, preparers and auditors from the small business community; the User Advisory Council (UAC), representing investors and investment professionals, equity and credit analysts, and rating agencies; and the Investors Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC), consisting of investors with strong technical accounting knowledge.

From 1990 to 1999, Ms. Polley served as Controller of the FAF.  As Controller, she was responsible for all aspects of the FAF’s financial operations, including budgets, financial statement presentations, audits, payroll, tax reporting and investments.

Ms. Polley joined the FASB in 1987 as a Technical Associate, was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility, and was instrumental in the administration and operation of its Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) and in the development of the inaugural edition of EITF Abstracts, first published in late 1987.  Previously, she was a Senior Accountant with Arthur Andersen and Company in its Stamford, Connecticut office, where she handled the preparation of financial statements, consolidations, SEC filings and internal control evaluations and commentary with clients in manufacturing, electronics, mining, banking and trust services.

Ms. Polley earned a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, in accounting and French from St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania.  She is a certified public accountant in the state of Pennsylvania and a member of the AICPA and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Norwalk (Connecticut) Chamber of Commerce.  She resides with her husband, Rob, in Norwalk.





Host Committee Members

Diane Allison Ascension Parish School Board – Louisiana

Alice Bibler State of Oregon – Treasury

Marla Bleavins Port of Los Angeles

Joan Bracci County of San Diego

Antoinette Chandler County of Los Angeles

Angela Colton City of San Diego

Michele Crichlow  County of San Diego

Linda R. Dzierzanowski CPS Energy – Texas

Cindi Evangelisti  Chicago Park District

Trisha Filippone University of Massachusetts Building Authority

Anne Fritz City of St. Petersburg – Florida

Lisa-Marie Harris San Diego County Water Authority

Kathy Kardell Hennepin County – Minnesota

Katano Kasaine City of Oakland – California

Lakshmi Kommi City of San Diego

Amanda Lavin Texas Water Development Board

Angel Mumma  City of Dublin – Ohio

Rose Poblete San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

LuAnne Edwards Schurtz Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Marina Scott Salt Lake City

Nadia Sesay City and County of San Francisco

Alina Slamar Los Angeles World Airports

Ha To City of Los Angeles



Pre-Conference Chapters Meeting

Location: Best Best & Krieger 300 South Grand Avenue | 25th Floor | Los Angeles, CA
Date:  Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM (Networking) 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Meeting)

Founders’ Awards Event

Location: The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Conference Schedule

Detailed Agenda Coming Soon

Location: The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
7:30 a.m. Registration Begins
8:15 a.m. Breakfast Served
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks and Welcome to California
9:30 a.m. Mary L. Shapiro – Keynote Conversation
11:00 a.m. Scholarship Awards
11:20 a.m. Lunch Served
11:40 a.m. Panel Discussion – “Perspectives for the Next Generation: Observations and Lessons for Life in the Public, Private and Political Sectors”
1:00 p.m. Teresa S. Polley – Featured Speaker
1:55 p.m. Closing Remarks
2:30 p.m. Post Conference Walking Tour of Historical Downtown Los Angeles
4:00 p.m. Post Conference Reception – PERCH Rooftop 448 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

In accordance with WPF Press Policy, all Conference functions are designated *public with restrictions*; attendance at the Conference by members of the press is deemed acceptance of these terms.



Limited overnight accommodations have been reserved at the following hotels (We recommend booking early to ensure room availability).

Room rate is $195 plus applicable taxes. To reserve a room, please use this link.

HILTON CHECKERS LOS ANGELES Room rate is $199 plus applicable taxes. To reserve a room, please use this link.

THE STANDARD HOTEL Room rate is $209 plus applicable taxes. To reserve a room, please use this link.

OMNI LOS ANGELES HOTEL Room rate is $209 plus applicable taxes. To reserve a room, please use this link.


We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting Women in Public Finance.


Program Sponsors

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Lunch Sponsors

J.P. Morgan
Piper Jaffray

Breakfast Sponsors

RBC Capital Markets
Columbia Capital Management, LLC

Post Conference Reception Sponsors

assured municipal
US Bank



Platinum Sponsors

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Wells Fargo
BOK Financial
Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Stifel Nicolaus
ImageMaster, LLC

Gold Sponsors

Nuveen Asset Management
S&P Global
Fitch Ratings
Morgan Stanley
Western Alliance Bank

Silver Sponsors

Kutak Rock
Nixon Peabody
Richards Watson
George K. Baum & Company
Loop Capital
Raymond James
Fidelity Capital Markets
Stern Brothers & Co.
Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C.
Squire Patton Boggs
Hilltop Securities
The Williams Capital Group
The Bond Buyer
Public Trust Advisors
Build America Mutual
Omnicap Group
Foley & Lardner LLP
Faegre Baker Daniels
KeyBanc Capital Markets

Bronze Sponsors

Gilmore & Bell
Thompson Coburn
Zions Bank – Corporate Trust Services
Mesirow Financial
Northern Trust
McGuire Woods
Dorsey & Whitney
James Anderson
The Commerce Trust Company


Jones Hall
NHA Advisors
Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.
Huntington National Bank


Congratulations to the

2017 Founders’ Award Recipients

 Lifetime Achievement Award
Courtney Shea | Columbia Capital Management LLC

She’s Our Hero Award
Robin Prunty | S&P Global

Rising Star Award
Nora O’Brien | Best, Best & Krieger LLP


Past Founders’ Awards Recipients

Rising Star Award – Natasha A. Holiday
She’s Our Hero Award – Katie Koster
Lifetime Achievement Award – Carole L. Brown
Rising Star Award – Jessica Akey
She’s Our Hero Award – Monika Suarez
Lifetime Achievement Award – The Honorable Denise L. Nappier
Rising Star Award – Dana Sodikoff
She’s Our Hero Award – Harriet Welch
Lifetime Achievement Award – Robin L. Wiessmann