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Welcome to NEWPF

What is NEWPF?

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. We offer educational and networking events as well as a mentoring program with the goal of creating opportunities for our members and participants to enhance their career opportunities and share insights about issues impacting the public finance industry. We invite you to learn more about the benefits of membership and how to join.

NEWPF Stands in Solidarity with the AAPI Community

NEWPF condemns all forms of violence, discrimination, racism, harassment and xenophobia. There has been an intensifying rise in violence focused on Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our country over the past year. Our Board and members mourn the victims of these senseless attacks. We denounce the escalation in assaults and intolerance toward the Asian American and Pacific Islander community as well as all others who have experienced inequitable treatment.

We all have a responsibility to stand up against racism and injustice, wherever and whenever we witness it.

Upcoming Events

Nominations are open for the Freda Johnson Awards and Trailblazing Women in Public Finance. Click here for more information.

Visit the UPCOMING EVENTS page for more information

Congratulations to Gina Raimondo, Freda Johnson Award Recipient

2012 Freda Johnson Award Winner

NEWPF is proud to note Gina Raimondo has been confirmed as Commerce Secretary in the Cabinet of President Joe Biden. Governor Raimondo was the second recipient of the prestigious Freda Johnson Award (Freda was the first) in 2012.

Kimberly Lyons, Gina Raimondo, Freda Johnson, Vivian Altman

Press Release from Fiona Ma, 2020 Freda Johnson Award Recipient

The California State Treasurer issued this press release: "Credited for Breaking Numerous Glass Ceilings, Treasurer Fiona Ma is named as a Trailblazer in Public Finance," December 22, 2020

Recent Past Events

May 2021:

April 2021:

April 22: Celebrating Earth Day: A Focus on Climate Change, Resiliency Management, and Financial Trends

April 15: From Niche to Mainstream: ESG Issuing and Investing

April 6: Frank Wu: Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White - a conversation on violence against the AAPI community

March 2021: Annual NEWPF Mentoring Event

We had a bumper crop of mentors and mentees getting  "up close and personal" in Zoom breakout rooms.

February 2021: In Honor of Black History Month: Black Women Leadership: Strategies to Advance in Finance

NEWPF hosted a dynamic fireside chat between Valerie Irick Rainford and Arlene Isaacs-Lowe as they addressed strategies to navigate and advance in the corporate world. Listen to the recording HERE.

November 2020: WEBINAR: Bringing Racial Equality to the Municipal Finance Industry

Following the powerful session with CT Treasurer Shawn Wooden in September, NEWPF conducted the first webinar panel in its new series on the promotion of racial justice in the Municipal Finance Community. View the Zoom HERE.

September 2020: Q&A with CT Treasurer Shawn Wooden on Racial Equality in the Municipal Finance Industry

View the Zoom recording of Treasurer Wooden's discussion with Vivian Altman and Kimberly Lyons.


A Day in the Life  - New NEWPF Series

Prior NEWPF Career Q&A Teleconferences

Our 2020 Sponsors:









The Benefits of Membership

Since 2006, NEWPF has developed a network of over 1,000 women in the Northeast ranging from seasoned veterans to our industries' most upcoming talent. NEWPF brings together professionals from across the Municipal Finance market by providing opportunities to connect directly with leaders in our industry to gain insight and to share knowledge. Our members engage one another frequently on ever-evolving market and credit issues.

Membership in NEWPF provides for the opportunity to develop and strengthen these important relationships through participation in our events and mentoring programs. By becoming a member of NEWPF, you will grow your professional network and have opportunities to further develop your career. All members participate (free of charge) in all of our educational and networking events.

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Freda Johnson Award

Northeast Women in Public Finance (NEWPF) is pleased to join with The Bond Buyer in presenting our Annual “Freda Johnson Award”, an award dedicated to the efforts and contributions of women in the field of public finance. Named for Freda Johnson, whose highly successful career in public finance has been an inspiration to so many women in the municipal industry, this award recognizes women serving or who have served in public finance who exemplify the qualities that Freda brought to our industry as a “trail blazer,” leader, innovator, and mentor. Each year we honor two women who have distinguished themselves in public finance within the private and the public sector.

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