The California Society of Municipal Analysts awarded Jennifer Johnston, a vice president and research analyst with Franklin Templeton, with its inaugural Amy S. Doppelt Award for Meritorious Service. Johnston, who considered Doppelt a mentor, said receiving an award "named for such an amazing woman is an incredible honor, especially since I knew her, and she meant so much to me."

Doppelt, a Fitch Ratings analyst who died last fall after a two-year battle with cancer, received a posthumous award from the National Federation of Municipal Analysts in March. The NFMA cited her professional manner, her willingness to teach and her dedication to ethical conduct.

Doppelt, who was 52 when she died, was well-known in the muni market for her work as a managing director in Fitch's public finance department and head of its western region tax-supported group.

"Jen's nomination speaks volumes about the respect and admiration that industry professionals have for her," said CSMA chairman Jason Kissane. "As Amy was, Jen is passionate about the integrity of the municipal credit market."

Johnston, who has served on the CSMA board since 2005, was recently elected secretary of the NFMA and begins her service on Jan. 1, 2012. She has worked for Franklin Templeton for 18 years.

She has been a member of the Junior League of San Francisco for 16 years, served on its board several times, and is currently president-elect.

Johnston also has volunteered for Hands On Bay Area, Habitat for Humanity, Edgewood Family Center, Hamilton House, St. Jude Children's Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club.

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