Chief Financial Officer-Employment and Rehabilitation Services
ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY
As a member of the Division’s Executive Leadership Team, provided fiscal oversight and support for dozens of labor programs. Oversaw fiscal, accounting, and procurement activities for a division with over 1,600 staff and an annual budget of $1.0 billion. Accountable for strategic planning, human resources, leadership, policy, purchasing, audit response, legislative analysis, cash flow management, and budgeting.
Key Contributions and Accomplishments:
Secured $200 million in short-term notes to repay outstanding federal loans and avoid $100 million being removed from the Arizona economy during a period of fragile economic recovery.
Developed and implemented a step-down plan to lay off 40% of Unemployment Insurance staff after federal funding was dramatically reduced. Championed innovations to improve efficiency in order to mitigate impacts to clients, whose numbers were still near all-time highs in Arizona.
Transformed four separate budget units with poorly-trained staff into a single unit that added value to the Division by developing forecasts, budgets, and analysis that was previously unavailable.
Reallocated limited funding to maintain program operations during Federal shutdown in October of 2013 and avoided staffing furloughs at the state level.
Led fiscal task force of state and local officials to implement new policy due to the creation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act.