Joan Michaels Aguilar

Joan Michaels Aguilar

Education:

Masters in Public Administration – California State University, Northridge
Bachelor of Arts in Management – University of Phoenix

Professional Experience:

I am currently the Deputy City Manager for Administrative Services for the City of Dixon. Prior to that, I have nearly 20 years of experience in municipal finance, including serving as the Finance Director in King City and serving as the Budget Manager in Burbank, Colton, Azusa and Covina.

CSMFO Involvement:

I am currently the Chair of the Communications Committee, and in that role, I serve as the editor for the bi-monthly CSMFO magazine. I am also currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Conference Site Selection Committee. From 2013-2015, I served on the CSMFO Board of Directors as one of the three representatives from Northern California.

In addition to the above, I have served on multiple committees over the years in a variety of capacities, including:

Budget Committee – Chair, Vice Chair and Senior Advisor
Administration Committee – Chair, Vice Chair
Program Committee – Member
Host Committee – Member (4 conferences, Sacramento (2017), Anaheim (2016), Los Angeles (2010), and Oakland (2013))
League Policy Committee Appointee 2015
Nominating Committee – Member (3 years)

Other Professional Affiliations:

Women in Public Finance

Candidate Statement:

CSMFO has been a part of my life since 1996, when I first served as a room monitor at the Burbank conference, before I even knew the extraordinary benefits to becoming a member of such a fantastic organization. I attended my first conference in 1998 in Newport Beach and had the good fortune to sit at a table with the a past president and president of CSMFO. Bill Statler appointed me to the Budget Committee back when only three members were on each committee. It was a lot of work, but for an Administrative Analyst new to CSMFO who wanted to learn more, it couldn’t have been a better opportunity.

Through the years, I have been blessed to meet and work with so many talented professionals and participate in Strategic Planning Sessions to help guide CSMFO forward. As President-Elect, I would want to maintain some of our core strategies such as professional development, but I would also like to see us reaching out to the next generation of talented finance professionals. This has been discussed amongst the leadership within CSMFO and I would like to see us reach out to universities’ accounting programs and career centers to share the benefits of a career in municipal finance and CSMFO membership.

CSMFO is a volunteer organization that has over 100+ individuals in leadership and not only do we need to be thinking about investing in training for the skills for our everyday jobs, but we also need to nurture the future CSMFO leaders of tomorrow. One exciting idea that I really support came out of our recent Strategic Planning Session which would be a Leadership Academy. CSMFO has helped me grow in my professional career and I would like to give back and help foster a positive environment for the next generation to embrace CSMFO.

I appreciate your consideration and would be honored to serve as your President-Elect.