An award-winning local government administrator, Stephen Lisauskas provides turnaround assistance to cities experiencing financial and operational difficulties. His efforts have earned him such accolades as two Distinguished Budget Awards from the Government Finance Officers Association, the e-Government Award from Common Cause of Massachusetts, a Governor's Citation for his service to the Springfield Finance Control Board, and an Extraordinary Service Citation from the City of Haverhill. The Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research named him a Senior Fellow for Urban Revitalization and presented the City of Springfield with its Municipal Governance Special Recognition Award in 2007.In his present role as an Associate at the Edward J. Collins, Jr., Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Stephen Lisauskas addresses problems that may prevent municipal clients from best serving their taxpayers. Recent downturns in the national economy have exacerbated budget constraints for cities that already experienced budget tensions, and have created significant difficulty for some communities that had previously enjoyed positive fund balances. Stephen Lisauskas resolves issues that cause budget shortfalls and creates and implements strategies to help clients achieve their objectives while improving services and reducing costs.A magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Stephen Lisauskas later pursued his Master of Public Administration at the Maxwell School at the same institution. He attended the Maxwell School on a full scholarship and worked as a Graduate Assistant while focusing on state and local government finance and management of nonprofit and public organizations. Stephen Lisauskas earned a Master's Prize based on the quality of his work at the Maxwell School.Stephen Lisauskas has served as a local government administrator for such Massachusetts communities as Newburyport, Haverhill, and Natick. In 2006, state officials requested he undertake an executive role in restructuring the finances and operations for the City of Springfield. Under Mr. Lisauskas' direction, the Springfield Finance Control Board implemented programs that reversed the downward slide of the city government and prompted Standard & Poor's LLC and Moody's Investors Service, Inc., to upgrade the ratings for the City's debt, on multiple occasions, from junk to the A range.