Ask the Expert - CPFO, Committees, Boards, and Other Ways to Engage with GFOA
Recorded On: 06/03/2020
In 2021, updates to GFOA's Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) program will take effect and joining this program is one way to further refine your skills, network with peers, and engage GFOA. GFOA representatives will be available to answer any questions about the CPFO program along with engaging GFOA in a variety of other formats including service on a committee or executive board, and participating in GFOA's Leadership Academy.
Director, OMB, Mecklenburg County
Michael Bryant is currently employed as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director in Mecklenburg County, NC. OMB is accountable for the County’s enterprising planning, budgeting, performance management and evaluation processes. OMB is the analytical arm for the County Manager, Executive Team, and Commissioners providing analysis and recommendations on a range of issues.
The office leads all annual budget development activities (on a $1.6 billion budget) facilitating Board decision-making, guiding Executive Team activities on the budget, and providing oversight and guidance to County departments, business partners, and non-profit organizations. Michael leads all public discussions and briefings on budget topics.
Michael has been with Mecklenburg County since 2003 and has over 20 years of experience in City, County, and State government. Prior to joining Mecklenburg County, Michael was employed with the Budget Office in the City of Durham as the Interim Assistant Budget Director. Also, Michael’s career includes employment in the Governor’s Office and as a County Manager Assistant in Granville County, NC.
Michael received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University located in Durham, NC. Michael is an inductee of the NC Central University Forty Under Forty Alumni Award, an honor given to young alumni that have exhibited leadership, dedication, and success within their profession and personal communities. He has represented Mecklenburg County at several conferences and training seminars.
Deputy Executive Director / Director, Research and Consulting, GFOA
Mike Mucha joined GFOA in 2006 and is now GFOA's Deputy Executive Director and the Director of the Research and Consulting Center. In this role, Mike oversees GFOA consulting projects, research activities, the Government Finance Review, planning for GFOA training and conference, the GFOA website, and other strategic initiatives for GFOA. Mike also leads GFOA’s consulting practice and focuses on providing guidance to local governments on how to use technology more effectively, improve business processes and administrative practices, and implement best practices in financial management. Mike has managed projects for both large and small governments, regularly speaks at GFOA training events, and has written numerous articles on public sector enterprise technology applications, budgeting, performance management, and strategic planning.
BBA, University of Iowa
MSPPM, Carnegie Mellon University.