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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 Honors and Commemorates Juneteenth

Juneteenth observes the day when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the end of the Civil War and slavery. Although President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, it was more than two years later on June 19, 1865, when troops finally enforced it and informed the more than 250,000 enslaved people that they were in fact free. Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas in 1980 and a federal holiday in 2021.

"The emancipation of enslaved Black Americans didn't mark the end of America's work to deliver on the promise of equality; it only marked the beginning," President Biden said just minutes before signing Juneteenth into law in 2021. "To honor the true meaning of Juneteenth, we have to continue toward that promise because we've not gotten there yet."

The observation of Juneteenth dates back to 1865, but only attained national attention in 2020, after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and many others sparked Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and systematic violence against Black Americans.

Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth

Order food from a Black-owned restaurant: Support Black restaurant owners in your community by ordering food on Juneteenth and beyond. Yelp and Uber Eats can help you find these restaurants on their apps. You can also visit Hungry for the Culture to find Black-owned restaurants in most major US cities.

Black lives matter. Support the cause in these ways: From making donations to getting more involved in your local community, here are real ideas you can participate in to support the Black Lives Matter movement and antiracism, even from your living room.

Educate yourself and reflect: While slavery ended in 1865, racism persists in countless institutions. Use June 19 as a day to reflect on critical issues that perpetuate discrimination against Black people in America and around the world. Spend the day reading about Juneteenth's history, including how Black families felt after being emancipated. Watch the documentary 13th on Netflix, or engage with other movies, shows, books and podcasts that can help reveal real-world, present-day issues.

Watch online Juneteenth events: Tune in virtually to the Juneteenth music festival or online celebrations.


In Honor of Pride Month

Pride month aspires to teach acceptance, inform about Pride history, and persist in progress towards equality.

Northeast Women In Public Finance supports the right of all people to live their truth and live in peace.

Everyone has the responsibility to stand up against all forms of hate and injustice, wherever and however we observe it.

Upcoming Events

Visit the UPCOMING EVENTS page for more information

Recent Past Events

October 27, 2022

NEWPF/MuniPride LGBTQ+ History Month Social Mixer

August 15, 2022

Mentoring Night at the Movies in Bryant Park - special event for mentors and mentees from the past 3 years

August 10, 2022

Let's Celebrate Summer in CT! - networking happy hour at Rooftop 120 in Glastonbury, CT

July/August 2022

Summer Dine-Arounds in NYC (see the Photos page).

March 7, 2022

Annual Mentoring Kickoff Event

February 2022

WCW - Women Celebrating Women! - View the women highlighted by NEWPF for Black History Month

January 19, 2022

NEWPF and Ballard Spahr LLP presented an interactive virtual discussion entitled "Step Into Your Power in 2022" featuring Liz Bentley, founder and president of Liz Bentley Associates, a leadership consulting firm

January 13, 2022

Zoom Panel Discussion on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, moderated by Julie Beglin, Managing Director Wells Fargo. Panelist were Emily Brock, Director, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), Patrick McCoy, Director of Finance, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Naomi Renek, Senior Advisor for Federal Poicy , MTA, and Frank Sacr, Interim CFO/Interim Executive Director, Gateway Program Development Corporation.

November 2021:

NEWPF is pleased once again to support these critical organizations through its annual charitable donations: WIN, No Kid Hungry, Community Food Bank of NJ, Hands on Hartford. Links to each of these groups can be found in the sidebar.

September 23, 2021:

Beyond The Purse Strings - In-Person Networking Event especially for women in charge of local government finances - NEWPF and GFOA-CT co-hosted this event in Hartford, CT featuring opening remarks by the mayors of East Hartford and West Hartford and a panel discussion on "Sharing Best Practices on Investments and Debt Management for Local Governments," moderated by NEWPF Board Member Keisha Palmer.

July & August 2021:

Summer Dine-Arounds in NYC and NJ

May 20, 2021:

What Can Past NYC Crises Teach Us For Recovery?

NEWPF members ONLY may watch the recording of this Zoom webinar here.

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.

A Day in the Life  - New NEWPF Series

Prior NEWPF Career Q&A Teleconferences

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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