PFM Welcomes Back Melissa LaBuda

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[PHILADELPHIA, PA, January 5, 2023] Melissa LaBuda, a distinguished public utility expert, returns to PFM after 24 years of advising and serving public power, water, and combined utility systems across the U.S.  Ms. LaBuda joins PFM from the City of Philadelphia, where she served in executive leadership positions for the past ten years, most recently as Deputy Water Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer for the Philadelphia Water Department.

“It’s wonderful to return to PFM, where early in my career, I learned the importance of serving the public sector.  It’s a privilege to be able to leverage my expertise for the benefit of the governments PFM serves,” comments Ms. LaBuda.

Ms. LaBuda will lend her wealth of experience to PFM Financial Advisors LLC’s national utility practice.  Her comprehensive understanding of the financial management of utilities includes accounting, budgets, rates and charges, debt management, grant management, capital program funding, audit, procurement, contract management, and risk.

“At PFM, the responsibility to provide best in class service to our clients is tantamount.  There is no better testament to that than having Ms. LaBuda back on board,” states Dan Hartman, CEO of PFM.

Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia, Ms. LaBuda worked for Morgan Stanley, Inc. as an investment banker to public power and combined utility systems.  Ms. LaBuda has raised more than $25 billion in the capital markets.

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