Blake Roberts is a director based in the firm’s Austin office. He provides financial advisory services to cities, counties, public power utilities, water and wastewater utilities, school districts, community colleges, and local and state housing authorities. He is responsible for the design and implementation of complex plans of finance for capital programs, transaction management and oversight, and credit strategies for the firm’s clients in Texas and California.
Blake’s transaction advisory experience includes bond financings for general municipal infrastructure, affordable housing, and economic development, as well as short-term commercial paper programs and direct bank financings. Blake has advised numerous water/wastewater utilities on bond placements with the Texas Water Development Board. Additionally, in 2019, Blake was a financial advisor on Austin Energy’s issuance of taxable revenue bonds to fund the acquisition of a biomass power plant, which eliminated an above-market power purchase agreement; the transaction received a Bond Buyer “Deal of the Year” award.
Prior to joining PFM in 2015, Blake worked in public sector banking at a major national bank, at Fitch Ratings as a fixed income credit analyst covering municipal bonds and as an analyst with the Texas Legislative Budget Board. Blake was also a Teach for America corps member from 2005-2007.