SAN FRANCISCO — California Treasurer Bill Lockyer has appointed treasurer’s office veteran Barbara Tanaka as deputy executive director of the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission.

She will serve under John Decker, executive director of CDIAC, which collects municipal finance data, conducts research, administers educational seminars, and provides information and technical assistance on behalf of public finance professionals.

“Barbara is uniquely qualified for the position,” Lockyer said in a statement released last week. “She has 10 years of experience at the state treasurer’s office, and has done a great job directing CDIAC’s publication of the leading best practices guide for local agencies and treasurers. And her solid understanding of California’s economy is an asset for my team during these challenging times.”

“I am honored by this appointment,” Tanaka said in the statement. “CDIAC’s assistance to state and local agencies on matters of debt issuance and investing public funds are crucial to the state’s economic recovery.”

Tanaka has worked for the state in fiscal, accounting, and budgeting positions for 35 years. She has worked at the treasurer’s office for the past decade in a variety of positions, including as budget officer and in the Public Finance Division.

Since 2006, she has served in management at CDIAC, advising local and state agencies on trends and developments and updating the publication “Local Agency Investment Guidelines.”

CDIAC serves as the state’s clearinghouse for debt issuance information, compiling data from all municipal issuers in California.

The commission also organizes educational seminars on public finance matters, the debt issuance process, and investments of public funds.

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