Mr. J. Anthony “Jim” Beard, CTP, has specific expertise in capital project financing, governance and stakeholder relations. It was Jim’s guide that led City of Atlanta’s initiative to receive the Bond Buyer’s 2011 “Deal of the Year” award.Jim joined the City of Atlanta in 2010 and began serving as Chief Financial Officer, October, 2011. As CFO and Senior Management, Jim advises the Mayor and City Council on a variety of policies, issues and financial activities. Previously Jim served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer with the Department of Watershed Management. In this role, Mr. Beard provided centralized financial and administrative support for the City’s multibillion dollar water and wastewater systems.A Certified Treasury Professional, Mr. Beard served as the Treasurer for the Clerk and Comptroller of Palm Beach County, Florida, prior to joining the City of Atlanta.Mr. Beard received dual bachelor’s degrees, in Finance and International Business from Florida International University and also attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
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