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Lori Rainer is a Registered Municipal Advisor and Municipal Advisor Principal, Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor, and Certified Fraud Examiner. Lori is also the CEO of Government Financial Services Joint Powers Authority and has served as a board member for the California League of Bond Oversight Committees, the National Association of Municipal Advisors, and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools.

Lori has developed long-range capital financing plans for hundreds of public agencies during her career, including planning and structuring more than seven billion dollars in financing. Lori is well known for her public speaking, having provided presentations for several California statewide associations, notably the County Treasurer-Tax Collectors, the County Auditor-Controllers, County Assessors, School Business Officials, and the CalCPA Foundation. The focus of such presentations is typically the principles of debt financing, including numerous case studies that demonstrate the value of best practices and ethics. Lori has also authored more than two dozen articles and publications.

Lori founded Government Financial Strategies in 1988 after working as an investment banker. Lori received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her M.S. in Financial Analysis from the University of San Francisco.

In 2018. Lori received a lifetime achievement award from the Association of Budgeting and Financial Management, based on her use of best practices as established by academic research, contributions to academic research, innovation in aiding citizen participation in government, and leadership in improving public finance practices.


Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

Client Services Director

 

Jonathan Edwards is a Registered Municipal Advisor and Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor, and has over 25 years of experience as a financial advisor to California local governments. He has provided financial advisory services in connection with dozens of bond and tax measures and over 100 financings. Jonathan has particular expertise in financial planning, financial modeling, and third-party debt reviews. In addition, Jonathan is skilled at advising on unusual financial plans that require identification and consideration of a variety of issues.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Business Economics from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from California Western School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

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