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Heather A. Johnston
Treasurer

  • Email:ncl@ncl.org
  • Hometown:Minneapolis, MN

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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Mayor Malik D. EvansChairMayor of Rochester, NY Mayor G.T. BynumVice ChairMayor of Tulsa, OK Heather A. JohnstonTreasurerCity Coordinator, City of Minneapolis, MN Anthony SantiagoSecretaryFormer Director, Program & Partnership Development Institute for Youth, Education and Families, National League of Cities Hon. Mary Ann BorgesonBoard MemberNACo Immediate Past President; Commissioner, Douglas County, NE Teree Caldwell-JohnsonBoard Member (Former Chair)Chief Executive Officer, Oakridge Neighborhood and Neighborhood Services Diana Romero CampbellBoard MemberCouncil Member, Denver District 4 Maia ColeBoard MemberAssistant Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Continental Division of HCA Healthcare Carolyn ColemanBoard MemberExecutive Director and CEO, League of California Cities Maia ComeauBoard MemberPresident Comeau & Company Mayor John DaileyBoard MemberMayor John Dailey, City of Tallahassee, FL Johnny DuPreeBoard MemberFormer Mayor, Hattiesburg, MS Ayeola FortuneBoard MemberInterim Senior Vice President, Impact Team, United Way Worldwide Dr. Joshua FranzelBoard MemberSenior Executive and Director of Research & Data Analysis at National League of Cities Mayor Patti GarrettBoard Member (Former Chair)Mayor of Decatur, Georgia Valerie LemmieBoard Member (Former Chair)Director of Exploratory Research, Kettering Foundation Rita McNeil Danish, Esq.Board MemberCEO, Signal Ohio Angela MontezBoard MemberSenior Vice President, Chief Legal, Corporate & Government Affairs Officer, MissionSquare Retirement Tony PeytonBoard MemberExecutive Vice President & Chief of Staff, National Center for Families Learning Angela RomansBoard MemberFounding Executive Director, Innovation For Equity Monte RoulierBoard MemberPresident & Co-Founder Community Initiatives Inc. Hon. Angel TaverasBoard Member Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP Mayor Vince WilliamsBoard MemberMayor of Union City, GA Wendy WillisBoard MemberExecutive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium

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