Paula Sanford is a local government finance specialist who helps clients improve their
operations and plan effectively through studies and reviews in such areas as financial
management, organizational structure, service delivery, and performance measurement.
She has contributed research expertise to studies related to public pensions, fiscal
viability, new accounting rules, and governmental organization. Prior to joining the
Institute of Government, Dr. Sanford taught public budgeting, financial management,
organizational theory, and local government management at Northern Illinois University.
Her previous experience also includes serving as a state government budget analyst
and policy adviser.
Ph.D. Public Administration, University of Georgia; M.P.A., American University