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Heather A. Johnston
Treasurer

  • Email:ncl@ncl.org
  • Hometown:Burnsville, Minnesota

Heather Johnston served as the City Manager of the City of Burnsville, Minnesota, a position she held from April 2013-June 2018.  The City Manager is responsible for the implementation of the Council’s policies and management of city services.  Prior to becoming City Manager, she served as Director of Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer for the City of Burnsville.  In this capacity, she had responsibility for Communications, City Clerk, Information Technology, Community Services and Finance.  Ms. Johnston served as the Director of Management and Budget for the City of Minneapolis for over seven years.  Ms. Johnston has experience in government and non-profit sectors, including at Minnesota Management & Budget and the federal Office of Management and Budget.

Ms. Johnston served as the President of the Government Finance Officers’ Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) in 2015-16, with prior service on the GFOA Executive Board and as Chair of the GFOA’s Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy.  As GFOA President, Ms. Johnston convened a task force on focused on recruitment and engagement of public finance employees so the finance function can be more integrated in making the work of government effective and innovative.  She has conducted training on a variety of budget topics, including engaging residents in the budget process, outsourcing technology and making performance measurement meaningful.

Ms. Johnston is a graduate of Augsburg College in Minneapolis with a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication, and she received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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Valerie LemmieChairDirector of Exploratory Research, Kettering Foundation Mayor Patti GarrettVice ChairMayor of Decatur, Georgia Angela RomansSecretaryFormer Senior Vice President of Programming at Say Yes to Education, Inc. Heather A. JohnstonTreasurerFormer City Manager, City of Burnsville, MN Jessica Brown-LintonBoard MemberDeputy Chief Financial Officer, Durham County Government, NC Teree Caldwell-JohnsonBoard MemberChair, Des Moines School Board Mayor Mary Casillas SalasBoard MemberMayor of Chula Vista, California Jim CloarBoard MemberCommissioner, Tampa Housing Authority Hon. Brad ColeBoard MemberExecutive Director of the Illinois Municipal League Lee FeldmanBoard MemberPresident-Elect of the International City/Count Management Association (ICMA) Alex HannahBoard MemberManaging Vice President, Marketing & Communications, ICMA-RC Alicia LaraBoard MemberSenior Vice President, Impact United Way Worldwide Mayor Sherman P. Lea, Sr.Board MemberMayor of Roanoke, VA Hon. Ron LoveridgeBoard MemberDirector of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at the University of California Maureen McDonaldBoard MemberPrincipal, Maureen McDonald, LLC Terry MingerBoard MemberFormer President and CEO of The Piton Foundation in Denver, Colorado Derek OkuboBoard MemberExecutive Director, Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships Tony PeytonBoard MemberProgram Director, C.E. and S. Foundation Hon. David SanderBoard MemberCouncil Member of Rancho Cordova, California Anthony SantiagoBoard MemberSenior Fellow, Program & Partnership Development, National League of Cities Hon. Angel TaverasBoard Member Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP Wendy WillisBoard MemberExecutive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium

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