Women in Public Finance picks board members, led by PNC's Samantha Funk

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Women in Public Finance this week named the slate of financial leaders who have been elected to serve as officers and executive board members, led by Samantha Funk, managing director of public finance at PNC Capital Markets LLC.

Women in Public Finance is a professional networking organization for women in the public finance industry, whose mission is to advance women’s leadership opportunities by fostering relationships and providing educational activities and forums.

Ms. Funk, the 2019 president of WPF, joins colleagues from all aspects of the public finance industry on its executive board, including Robin Redford of Ramirez & Co., who will serve as the organization’s vice president handling conferences; Kristin Hanson of PFM, vice president handling chapters; Karen Daly of Kroll Bond Rating Agency, secretary; Susan Kendall, treasurer; and Marina Scott of Salt Lake City Corporation, assistant treasurer.

The 2019 board members include Jennifer Wright, Texas Department of Transportation; Lourdes Abadin, Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Inc.; Ginger Flahaven, Nuveen Asset Management; Stephanie Ferry, Raymond James & Associates Inc.; Marjorie Henning, New York City’s Comptroller’s Office; Anne Spano, Hilliard City Schools; Natalie Brill, City of Los Angeles; Jennifer Fredericks, BNY Mellon; Lindsay Sovde, JP Morgan; Angela Colton, City of San Diego; Ritta McLaughlin, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board; and Kim Edwards, Piper Jaffray & Co.

The events being sponsored this year by WPF include a March 7 presentation called “One Women’s Career Path,” featuring an interview with Lucy Hooper, former chair of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, hosted by the Virginia Chapter of WPF.

The group's national annual conference is set for Austin, Texas, Sept. 26 and 27.

Founded in 1997, Women in Public Finance started out with a focus on the Midwest. In 2010, the group amended its bylaws to recognize regional chapters and affiliates and include professionals from all over the U.S. in order to facilitate regional activities that compliment nationally-focused activities.

Among the participants are state and local government issuers, not-for-profit issuers, investment bankers, attorneys, financial advisors, rating agency analysts, bond insurers, and trust officers among others.

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