Lori Raineri, President
Lori Raineri is the President of Government Financial Strategies, a registered municipal advisor. Her professional certifications include MSRB Series 50 and 54 Qualifications, Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor and Certified Fraud Examiner.
In 2018, Lori was honored with the prestigious S. Kenneth Howard Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. In making this award, the Association cited Lori’s 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.
Lori currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California League of Bond Oversight Committees and has previously served on the boards of 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 and is well known for her ability in financial analysis and public speaking. Lori has been a speaker for several California statewide associations, notably the County Treasurer-Tax Collectors, the County Auditor-Controllers, County Assessors, School Business Officials, and the Cal CPA 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 serves as an expert witness/litigation consultant in municipal bond cases across the United States.
During her career, Lori has been personally involved in the planning and structuring of over ten billion dollars of financing. At the age of 26, Lori founded Government Financial Strategies in 1988 after having worked as an investment banker. Lori is the author of more than two dozen articles and publications. 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. Lori demonstrated her interest in government early in life, serving as the student School Board Member for the Santa Clara Unified School District, and was thrilled to be inducted into the Santa Clara Unified School District Hall of Fame in 2011.
Prior professional experience includes the following firms: Cranston Securities, Los Angeles; Bancroft, O’Connor, Chilton and Lavell, Los Angeles; CTI, San Francisco, and Trans-World Systems, Redwood City, CA.