Past ABFM Chair Sworn-In to Congress, Gains Key Committee Assignment

Carolyn_BourdeauxOn January 3rd, past ABFM Chair, Dr. Carolyn Bourdeaux, was sworn-in for her first term as a member of the United States House of Representatives, serving Georgia’s 7th District.

“I am deeply honored that the people of Georgia’s 7th Congressional District placed their trust in me to be their representative in Washington,” said Congresswoman Bourdeaux. “We are facing some serious challenges as a nation — from a global pandemic to threats that would undermine our elections and our democracy.”

Bourdeaux, a distinguished public finance academic and researcher, will be heavily-involved in key Federal policy during her first term, as she was assigned to the important House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Now is the time for an investment in our community,” said Congresswoman Bourdeaux. “It’s an honor to join the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as my first assignment in Congress, and I’m ready to hit the ground running to tackle the transportation needs of the Atlanta metro-area, address one of the worst commutes in the country, and invest in a green economy for the 21st century.”

Bourdeaux has extensive experience in transportation policy, having served as a senior committee aide to Senator Ron Wyden during the development of major transportation legislation (Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century) in the mid-1990s.

Before election, Carolyn taught as a professor of public management and policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, and has served in a number of public service roles during her career. During the Great Recession, Carolyn was the director of the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office.

“Carolyn Bourdeaux is exactly what we need in members of our highest policy making body–extremely intelligent and analytical, experienced in both academic and practical policy environments, empathetic to the needs of the public, yet discerning in her ability to temper public expectations given government capacity to deliver,” said past ABFM Chair Katherine Willoughby. “I am gratified that Carolyn has landed in Congress at this most contentious and consequential time.”

Job Announcement: Research Strategist, North Carolina League of Municipalities

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The North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) is a service and advocacy organization representing nearly every city and town in North Carolina. NCLM is recruiting for a Research Strategist. This position is part of the Public and Government Affairs Team with responsibility to support the development and execution of the League’s research program and assist in policy analysis and other strategic activities, as well as support the development and execution of research and policy development and oversight for the Public and Governmental Affairs Department. This is accomplished by managing day to day activities of the League’s research program, leading the execution of the League’s regularly conducted surveys, analyzing fiscal policies and economic activities, developing new areas of research that would be beneficial to League members, conducting research, organizing policy development processes, and assisting local government officials.

This position will be responsible for the following:

  • Support the development and execution of the League’s research program by assisting in the development and oversight of research projects that would be beneficial to League member cities and towns; assisting in collection and analysis of data for the League Forecast of Projected State-Collected Revenues and interim Revenue Reports; managing the League’s regular surveys of its members; reviewing and editing survey instruments; developing policies and procedures for research projects; studying and analyzing publications; negotiating and managing contracts for research services; and developing grant proposals/monitoring expenditure of grant funds.
  • Analyzes fiscal policies and economic activities by assisting in the identifying and reporting of governmental and economic actions that affect League member cities and towns; analyzing the fiscal effects of proposed legislation; and estimating the fiscal effect of changing the revenue structure for specific municipalities.
  • Makes recommendations for League policy positions by recommending potential improvements; monitoring legislation; communicating with legislative staff; and providing overall coordination, staffing, and assistance to League policy committees.
  • Assists local government officials by responding to inquiries; presenting research results; preparing and providing responses to questions; developing conference programs; and attending conferences and training sessions.
  • Conducts Research by developing survey instruments; collecting, compiling, editing, and verifying statistical and survey data; and writing interpretative reports and summaries.
    Some travel is required for this position.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred. Two to five years’ experience in budgeting, financial analysis, research, data analysis or other related areas. Knowledge of the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina state government, and/or local government preferred. Experience working with non-profit, membership-based organizations is ideal. Experience with PowerBI and/or data visualization software preferred.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills are crucial. Ability to exercise considerable tact, courtesy and discretion in frequent contact with public officials and municipal managers and others. Must be highly skilled in strategic thinking. Ability to assess situations, assemble coalitions and build support for ideas to influence behavior, and lead strategic advocacy initiatives. Also, candidate must effectively express complex ideas orally and in writing and prepare and present presentations to League members and others to further legislative advocacy and other goals of the League.


Selected candidate must have great interpersonal and communication skills and possess a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. Valid Class C Driver’s License.

An Appeal from the ABFM Chair

As 2020 comes to a close, we appreciate the importance of community. Most of us consider ABFM our academic or professional home.

We hope that this year you will consider ABFM as you make your year-end donations to organizations you choose to support. Your donations will help ABFM maintain the community we have built and will ensure it grows in the future.

Thank you for your support.
Thad Calabrese, ABFM Chair on behalf of the entire Executive Committee

Job Announcement: Assistant/Associate Professor, Public or Nonprofit Management, Georgia State University

Assistant/Associate Professor, Public or Nonprofit Management
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University

The Department of Public Management and Policy seeks a tenure-track assistant or associate professor with research interests in any area of public or nonprofit management to start in Fall 2021. Applicants should provide evidence of teaching and research excellence and of success or strong potential in sponsored research. Special consideration will be given to candidates who can contribute to the department’s in-person and online teaching needs in public budgeting and financial management, or more general public and nonprofit management classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applicants should also show a commitment to the department’s mission of preparing a diverse population of students to become leaders in public service careers and see a place for themselves in the school’s ongoing Digital Landscape initiatives which includes policy analytics and research on vulnerable populations and communities.

The Department of Public Management and Policy focuses on four areas of excellence: management and finance of public and nonprofit organizations; nonprofit management and policy; program evaluation and policy analysis; and economic development and urban policy. The Andrew Young School ranks 19th overall among graduate programs in public affairs in the US News rankings, as well as 4th in urban policy, 5th in public budgeting and finance, 7th in local government management, 10th in nonprofit management, 13th in public management and leadership, and 25th in public policy analysis. Located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University is one of the country’s top urban public research universities and has one of the most diverse student bodies. US News calls GSU the 2nd most innovative university in the U.S. and ranks it 3rd in undergraduate teaching.

The department offers a NASPAA-accredited MPA, as well as undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in public policy. The school’s seven interdisciplinary policy research centers and location at the heart of a vibrant public and nonprofit sector, provide excellent opportunities for applied research that contributes to policy-making and management at all levels of government.

Please submit your application through Academic Jobs Online Submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of teaching evaluations and three letters of reference (associate professors may just send contact information of their references). You must have completed your doctorate by August 2021 and be eligible to work in the USA. At the time of offer, the university will conduct a background check. Consideration of applications will begin on February 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

Information about the Andrew Young School is available at Georgia State University is an equal opportunity employer. It continues to be the policy of the University to implement affirmative action and equal opportunity for all employees, students, contractors, consultants and applicants for employment or admission without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, gender, transgender status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or disability. The position is subject to budgetary approval.

Recording of 12/2 Practitioner-Academic Exchange

Our most recent Practitioner-Academic Exchange on Wednesday, December 2nd, was well attended and incredibly informative. Our panel of public finance professionals shared their experiences in today’s challenging environment of finance and budgeting.

Check out a recording of the session below.