Title: Senior Vice President-Head of Muni Finance Credit Risk Management
Firm: Dexia Credit Local
Since starting her public finance career as a municipal bond insurer at Financial Guaranty Insurance Company in 2004, Kimberly Lyons has quickly risen through the ranks of the industry. Kimberly moved from FGIC to Moody’s in 2006 as a lead analyst in the state’s rating team, with Dexia then hiring her as a senior analyst eight years later. She was recently promoted to a senior analyst/supervisor for Dexia’s municipal credit risk management team.
A chance encounter with Robin Prunty of S&P Global Ratings during a public finance class at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany first introduced her to working in the municipal bond industry after previously focusing on public policy. Throughout Kimberly’s young professional life she has taken pride in acting as a mentor through leadership roles with Northeast Women in Public Finance, the African-American community and the University at Albany’s alumni organization. She credits many influential mentors starting with Freda Johnson, a founding board member of Northeast Women in Public Finance, who provided valuable feedback when starting her career.
Kimberly is an avid traveler who loves to plan trips for others. She visited France, South Africa, Spain, and Dubai last year, with Paris her favorite destination.
“Kimberly has demonstrated leadership, wisdom, compassion and intelligence and I count myself lucky to be one of her friends. Her star is rising rapidly.” Freda Johnson, founding board member of Northeast Women in Public Finance