Welcome to New Member Advancement!

Established in 2017, the NFMA’s New Member Advancement Committee (NMA) was founded to meet the specific professional needs of newer and/or junior members of the NFMA and within the larger public finance community. The primary focus of the NMA is to: (1) Increase current member engagement within the NFMA; (2) Attract and retain the membership of junior public finance professionals; (3) Enhance the NFMA’s outreach efforts; and (4) Provide timely and relevant educational programs that support the professional development among junior public finance professionals. 

Effective in 2020, the NMA has operated as a subcommittee within the NFMA’s Membership Outreach Committee. Within this structure, the NMA works alongside the communications and society outreach committees to advance the strategic mission of the NFMA. The NMA currently has 13 committee members situated across geographically diverse regions and serving in a variety of roles within public finance.  Since its inception, the NMA has planned and hosted several professional development activities at major universities across the nation and at the NFMA’s flagship events. The outlook for the NMA is positive, as several initiatives are currently being planned for 2021 and beyond.


Wednesday, March 17: New Member Advancement Q1 Check-In

Join us for 30 minutes as we catch-up with one another and discuss upcoming NMA happenings. This chat is open to all NFMA members and potential members. We welcome questions/comments from attendees. RSVP information coming soon!


In 2020, the NMA Team launched the ‘NFMA 101’ web series. The purpose of the web series is to provide enriching content for new NFMA members and/or junior public finance professionals.

To access the ‘NFMA 101’ recordings please click on the links below.

• NFMA 101, An introduction to the NMFA: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2402050683728874255
• NFMA 101, How to Walk Through a Preliminary Official Statement: (coming in 2021)

The NMA Team will continue to craft timely and relevant ‘NFMA 101’ offerings. If you have any suggestions on topics to cover in the web series, please send an email to: [email protected]. A member from the team will respond to your feedback/suggestions.


In an effort to educate future leaders about the public finance universe and career paths in municipal finance, the NFMA’s New Member Advancement Team is committed to university outreach. Over the past several years, the NMA has co-hosted several career-centric panel discussions, in partnership with the NFMA’s constituent societies and major research universities, across the nation. To date, the NMA Team has hosted events at the following universities:

• UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy (in conjunction with the California Society of Municipal Analysts, or CSMA)
• San Francisco State University’s School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (CSMA)
• University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy (Chicago Municipal Analysts Society)
• Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (Municipal Analysts Group of New York)
• Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (Southern Municipal Finance Society, or SMFS)
• University of Texas’ Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs (SMFS and Texas Women in Public Finance)

As the NMA Team continues to partner with the various NFMA constituent societies and universities across the nation, events details will be made available to NFMA members.

  • Nolan Cicerrella, Conning
  • Alexandra Cimmiyotti, Moody’s Investors Service
  • Chandra Ghosal, Moody’s Investors Service (NMA Co-Chair)
  • Sandy Pae Goldstein, Foundation Credit (FCO Advisors LP)
  • Emily Hieber, Loews Corporation
  • Sara Ketchum, Academy Securities
  • Emmanuelle Lawrence, Fitch Ratings (NMA Co-Chair)
  • David Levitt, Moody’s Investors Service
  • Julie Meyer, Moody’s Investors Service
  • Poonam Patidar, Mintz
  • Kelly Puls, Charles Schwab
  • Mark Shust, Temple University Grad Student
  • Annie Tchu, Kroll Bond Ratings
  • Alex Vaisman, Build America Mutual