Ask the Expert - COVID19 Response

Ask the Expert - COVID19 Response

Emily Brock

Director, Federal Liaison Center, GFOA

As Director of GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center, Emily leads coalition and advocacy efforts of the Public Finance Network in Washington DC. Her advocacy includes anticipating and responding to federal legislative and regulatory activities that impact the finance functions of state and local governments and public sector entities including tax reform, municipal securities disclosure and public pension and benefit issues. Emily also serves as staff on GFOA’s Debt Committee, working with committee members to develop best practices that promote sound financial practices for local, state and provincial governments. Prior to joining GFOA, Emily was a commercial bank relationship manager at a large national bank, serving as the sole bank liaison for government and university clients.

Michael Thomas

Federal Policy Associate, GFOA

Michael provides general support to the Federal Liaison Center on legislative initiatives specifically on issues involving infrastructure and transportation.  Having formerly worked in the private sector as a financial consultant and stock broker, Michael brings a working knowledge on fiscal issues that spans a wide spectrum of topics.

Michael holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Tennessee and an M.P.P. from George Mason University.

Natalie Cohen

President and founder of National Municipal Research

Natalie Cohen is President and founder of National Municipal Research, a consulting and research company focused on U.S. state and local government finance. She publishes on these topics at The Public Purse.
A seasoned analyst, writer and speaker, she started her career at New York City OMB, worked at a rating agency, several bond insurers and is known for her published work on municipal bond defaults. She most recently spent eight years building and branding municipal research at Wells Fargo Securities. She was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement” award by Smith’s Research and Gradings and the “Women Trailblazers” award from the Bond Buyer.
She has an MPA from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service and a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She has been a member of the Government Accounting Standards Advisory Council, a former Board member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. She served two terms on the Government Finance Officers Association standing budget committee and is on the GFOA Committee on Retirement Benefits Administration. She is also a Board member of Build America Mutual, a bond insurer, and chairs the Audit Committee.
Natalie R. Cohen
National Municipal Research, Inc.


05/20/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/20/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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