NALFO Legislative Staff Achievement Awards

3/9/2021

Call for Nominations

The National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices (NALFO) is inviting nominations for the NCSL annual Legislative Staff Achievement Awards. Each NCSL professional staff association may give up to two awards to recognize outstanding staff. These nominations can be for individuals, project teams or entire offices. The award winners will be honored at a "Salute to Legislative Staff" event during NCSL's 2021 Base Camp (August 3-5th).

A letter of nomination, accompanied by appropriate supporting materials, should describe and document how the nominee has met one or more of the criteria noted below. A panel of NALFO officers will review the nominations based only upon the materials received, therefore the submission of examples and sufficient documentation to assess a nominee’s contributions is imperative.

  1. The nominee has made a significant contribution to the resolution of a fiscal or public policy issue before the state legislature.    
  2. The nominee, over time, has consistently demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and excellence in a body of work or career that warrants special recognition. 
  3. The nominee has made other unique contributions in promoting and developing the role of legislative fiscal staff assistance in the legislative process.

 

The deadline for submitting nominations is Thursday, May 27. All materials should be emailed to Erica MacKellar or sent to:

Eric Nauman
NALFO President
c/o Erica MacKellar
7700 East First Place
Denver, Colorado 80230
Telephone: 303-856-1403 

 

NALFO Legislative Staff Achievement Award Winners

2020

Don Richards, budget and fiscal administrator, Wyoming

NALFO is proud to present Don Richards with a NALFO Staff Achievement Award for his long-term commitment to the Wyoming legislature. Don is recognized for his outstanding work as the Budget/Fiscal Administrator for the Wyoming Legislative Services Office, and his work as the Co-Chairman of Wyoming’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Group. Don is deeply respected for his non-partisanship and the credibility of his analysis, providing legislators with exceptional information to inform policymaking.

 

Chloe Wexler, fiscal data anaylst, Vermont

NALFO is proud to present Chloe Wexler with a NALFO Staff Achievement Award for her in-depth data analysis for the Vermont Legislature. Chloe has worked with large and cumbersome data sets in a variety of policy areas, and has created multi-dimensional analysis that can be used to inform policymaking. She is greatly admired not only for her analytical skills, but for her ability to distill and communicate complex issues.

 

2019

Patrick Goldsmith, House Fiscal Division, Louisiana  

 

2018

Joel Michael and Steve Hinze, House Research Office, Minnesota

Stephanie Morrison and Sam Schaefer, Legislative Fiscal Division, Montana

 

2017

Christopher Woods, Budget Director, Office of the Speaker, California Assembly

 

2016

Tax Incentive Review Team, Office of Fiscal Management, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana

Martha Wigton, Director, House Budget and Research Office, Georgia

 

2015

Ryan Miller, Principal Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office, California

John Rohrer, Coordinator, Office of Policy Analysis, Department of Legislative Services, Maryland

 

2014

Norris Green, Director, Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office

Russell Frandsen, Analyst, Office of the Utah Legislative Fiscal Analyst

 

2013  

David J. Rosen, Ph.D., Legislative Budget and Finance Officer for the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services

Amanda Bickel, Chief Legislative Analyst, and Steve Allen, Senior Legislative Analyst, Colorado Joint Budget Committee


2012

Sarah Franklin, Senior Research Associate, Legislative Research Unit, Illinois


2011

John O’Brien Director, Legislative Budget Board, Texas

Cathy Higgins, House Budget Analysis Director, Office of Legislative Budget Analysis, Tennessee


2010

William Marx, Chief Fiscal Analyst, House of Representatives, Minnesota

Taryn Purdy, Principal Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Division, Montana


2009

David Abbey, Director, Legislative Finance Committee, New Mexico

Sharon Reynolds Ferland, Deputy Fiscal Advisor, House of Representatives, Rhode Island


2008

Hadley Johnson, Jr., Deputy Legislative Analyst, Legislative Analyst's Office, California

Property Tax Team, Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana


2007

Richard E. Hickman, Jr., Deputy Staff Director, Senate Finance Committee, Virginia


2006

Kevin Madigan, Deputy Senate Fiscal Advisor, Senate Fiscal Office, Rhode Island

Gary Karger, Fiscal Analyst, House Fiscal Analysis Department, Minnesota

 

2005

James Landers, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana

Dennis Prouty, Director, Legislative Services Agency, Iowa


2004

Terry Johnson, Principal Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Agency, Montana

Warren G. Deschenaux, Director, Office of Policy Analysis, Department of Legislative Services, Maryland


2003

William G. Black, House of Representatives, Louisiana

Michael Kjar and the Meribah Development Team, Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst, Utah


2002

Don Eckhart, Legislative Service Commission, Ohio

Robert Sigalow, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana


2001

Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau Staff

Cathy Holland-Smith, Fiscal Officer for Legislative Services, Legislative Services Office, Idaho


2000

Alan D. Conroy, Chief Legislative Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Research Department, Kansas

Michigan House Fiscal Agency Video Project -- William Hamilton and Hank Prince


1999

Greta M. Rymal, Assistant Director, Legislative Budget Board, Texas

David Thurman, Senior Budget Specialist, Office of Legislative Budget Analysis, Tennessee


1998

David A. Brunson, Assistant Director, Ohio Legislative Budget Office, Ohio

Jeffrey Youtz, Supervisor, Legislative Budget & Policy Analysis, Idaho


1997

Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office, Vermont

Alfred J. Ferguson, Assistant Executive Director, House Committee on Appropriations, Pennsylvania