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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

We are thrilled that the 2021 recipients of the Freda Johnson Award are Arlesa Wood, Director of Bond Administration, Miami-Dade County Finance Department (Public Sector) and Robin Prunty, Managing Director Head of Analytics and Research of S&P Global Ratings(Private Sector). Each of these women are highly respected professionals in public finance, and epitomize the best in our industry.

In addition to the Freda Johnson Award recipients, the following women were selected as Trailblazers:

Private Sector
Lisa Cole, Principal, PGIM Fixed Income
Jennifer Fredericks, Director of Business Development - Public Finance, Ice Miller
Meredith Hathorn, Managing Partner, Foley & Judell, LLP
Holly Horn, Chief Surveillance Officer, Assured Guaranty
Sewon Kim, Managing Director and Head of Transportation Group, Siebert Brandford Shank Co., LLC
Sarah Snyder, Managing Director, Ramirez & Co., Inc.

Public Sector
Marla Bleavins, Deputy Executive Director, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Port of Los Angeles
Bettina Bronisz, Principal Debt Management Specialist, Office of the State Treasurer, State of Connecticut
Diane Chime, Chief of Capital Markets, OBM Debt Management, State of Ohio
Katherine Kardell, Senior Debt Administrator, Office of Budget & Finance, Hennepin County, MN
Jacqueline Knights, Director of Debt Management, Oregon State Treasury
Elizabeth Reich, CFO, City of Dallas

The awards will be presented on December 16 at The Bond Buyer Deal of the Year Gala. Read the press release here.


Visit the UPCOMING EVENTS page for more information

Recent Past Events

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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