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About ABFM

Charter & Bylaws

The American Society for Public Administration ( ASPA ) recognizes the development of specialized areas of interest within its membership as important to the advancement of the aims and purposes of the Society. Accordingly, it has granted and approved the following Charter & Bylaws for the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. This Charter & Bylaws are subject to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society and to official ASPA policies governing the creation, evaluation, and termination of sections


ABFM Charter & Bylaws 137.14 KB 128 downloads

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Officers & Executive Committee

ABFM is governed by a Board comprised of the following membership:

2024 Chair
Christine Martell
University of Colorado, Denver
Justin Ross
Indiana University
Vice Chair
Elaine Yi Lu
John Jay College, CUNY
Immediate Past Chair
Zhirong “Jerry” Zhao
Zhejiang University
Hai "David" Guo
Hai “David” Guo
Florida International University
Robert "Bob" Buschman
Robert Buschman
Georgia State University

Executive Committee At-Large Members

Christopher Goodman
2022-24 Term
Northern Illinois University
Michelle Lofton
2022-24 Term
University of Georgia
Wie Yusuf
2022-24 Term
Old Dominion University

Can Chen
2023-25 Term
Georgia State University

David Matkin
2023-25 Term
Brigham Young University
Kelly Shi
2023-25 Term
University of North Texas
Andrew Crosby
2024-26 Term
University of California, Riverside
Rob Greer
2024-26 Term
Texas A&M University
Tatyana Guzman
2024-26 Term
Cleveland State University

Selection of Officers & Executive Committee

Elected Members

Members elect a nine-member Executive Committee and the following Officers: Chair, Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair and Immediate Past-Chair.  Executive Committee members serve three-calendar-year terms, staggered so that three members are elected annually.

Chair of ABFM is a four-year progressive term, starting with election as Vice-Chair. The incumbent promotes to Chair-Elect for the second year, then Chair for the third year. The incumbent also serves one year in an advisory capacity as Immediate Past-Chair.

Appointed Members

The following positions are appointed by and serve at the discretion of the Chair:

  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Archivist
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Membership Chair
  • Student Paper Award Coordinator
  • Conference Committee Chair

Past ABFM Chairs

Chair of ABFM is a one-year position that reflects a four-year commitment on part of a dedicated member to provide leadership and guidance to their fellow practitioners and researchers in public sector finance and budgeting.

2023Jerry Zhao
2022Robert Bland
2021Jonathan Justice
2020Thad Calabrese
2019Justin Marlowe
2018Bryan Sullivan
2017Dan Smith
2016Carolyn Bourdeaux
2015Robert Kravchuk
2014Charles Menified
2013Scott Pattison
2012James D. Savage
2011Carol Ebdon
2010Dwight V. Denison
2009Katherine Willoughby
2008Rebecca Hendrick
2007Robert J. Eger III
2006John Bartle
2005Kurt Thurmaier
2004Wes Clarke
2003Jocelyn Johnston
2002Beverly Bunch
2001John Forrester
2000Paul Posner
1999Merl Hackbart
1998Fred Thompson
1997Karen Stanford
1996Robert D. Lee, Jr.
1995Marylin M. Rubin
1994W. Bartley Hildreth
1993L.R. Jones
1992John Mikesell