Public Financial Leadership Academy

Course Details

Schedule: August 3–8, 2014

Location: University of Washington Campus, Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: July 1, 2014

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Program Instruction

Program sessions are led by a combination of academic faculty members and experienced practitioners. Associate Professor of Public Affairs Justin Marlowe is the lead instructor for the Academy.

As an instructor and researcher at the Evans School of Public Affairs, Marlowe focuses on:

  • public capital markets in both the U.S. and abroad;
  • the role of financial reporting in local government accountability; and
  • the financial aspects of public-private partnerships.

He has experience working in local government prior to academia and is a Certified Government Financial Manager.


Tailored for Public Sector Financial Leaders

The goal of the Public Financial Leadership Academy (Academy) is to develop the next generation of financial leaders for public organizations, who are equipped with the unique blend of technical financial skills, strategic thinking, and management. Academy participants will develop:

  • The ability to “think the way forward” through challenging policy and management scenarios
  • An appreciation for non-linear problem solving and the challenges of operating in a political environment
  • An understanding of how financial resources animate an organization’s overall mission and strategy

The Academy is designed for any emerging financial leader in public organizations such as financial staff and general managers, who would like to strengthen their financial acumen. The Academy would also be appropriate for new city managers/administrators or other executives who want to broaden their network, skills, and abilities in financial management.

Program Overview

The curriculum will be delivered by leading financial management instructors and practitioners from around the country, including several from Washington State, through cases and other interactive methods. Students will also work intensively in teams on real-world problems and solutions. The curriculum will cover three main areas, with the following topics:

  1. Politics and the Policy Process: stakeholder mapping, public participation processes, effective communications, policy and agenda framing
  2. Financial Sustainability: the federal and state budgets, the macroeconomic outlook, demographic trends that will shape public finance, cutback management, aligning “mission with money”
  3. Financial Tactics and Strategy: budget implementation, financial policymaking, capital budgeting and finance strategies, risk management tools and tactics, counter-cyclical tools

Details & Logistics

The Academy will take place August 3–8, 2014 at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington campus in Seattle. We have space available for 35–40 attendees. Tuition will include lodging during the residential course, most meals, class materials, and instruction. Additional information will be available by January 2014. To learn more about the Academy, contact us at