City of Phoenix Chief Financial Officer Denise Olson Named a “Trailblazing Women in Public Finance”https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/finance/1669Finance12/18/2020 11:00:00 PMCity of Phoenix Chief Financial Officer Denise Olson Named a “Trailblazing Women in Public Finance”<div class="ExternalClass68276ADD394746A485B46B057E39CE0A"><html> <p style="text-align:center;">​​<img style="margin:5px;width:210px;height:210px;" src="/piosite/MediaAssets/DeniseOlson.jpg" /><br></p>City of Phoenix Chief Financial Officer Denise Olson was honored by Northeast Women in Public Finance as one of 10 “Trailblazing Women in Public Finance" at the Bond Buyer's Deal of the Year Awards on December 16, 2020.<br><br>The Deal of the Year Awards recognize the nation's most outstanding municipal finance transactions each year, as well as the people behind the transactions.  The awards focus on innovation as well as trailblazing women in finance, both public and private.   <br><br>The honor recognizes Denise for developing solutions to improve the city's retirement systems; as a leader in procuring millions of dollars of PPE for the fifth largest city in the nation during the COVID-19 crisis; and as an innovator who led a successful $400 million bond offering in March 2020, with $290 million focusing on sustainability – a first of its kind for the city of Phoenix. It was one of the only successful municipal bond sales taking place during the pandemic.    <br><br>“Denise embodies a unique combination of financial acumen and creativity that continues to deliver financial successes for the city and our residents," said Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher.  “Her leadership is critical to retaining our AAA-bond rating, which provides the financial flexibility a major city needs to innovate and build for the future, especially during these uncertain times." <br><br>Denise began her city of Phoenix career as an economist in 1994, promoting through the ranks before becoming the first woman appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2015.  Denise leads a department of 200 employees, managing $2.3 billion in cash, tax collection, risk and debt management, among other functions.  Denise holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with majors in human resource management and economics, from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University.<br><br>Northeast Women in Public Finance is a not-for-profit professional organization for women who work in private or public sector firms or organizations that are engaged in public finance. <br><br>The Bond Buyer is the only independent information resource serving the entire municipal finance community. <br><br>The city of Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the nation, and the fastest growing city in the nation, with more than 14,000 city employees and a $3.4 billion annual budget.​​<br> <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/financeNewsfinanceFinance



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