NALFO Legislative Staff Achievement Awards


Call for Nominations

NALFO Legislative Staff Achievement Awards

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 awards are presented at NCSL's Legislative Summit.


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 Wednesday, May 20. All materials should be emailed to 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


Patrick Goldsmith, House Fiscal Division, Louisiana

Mr. Patrick Goldsmith has been the Director of the House Fiscal Division in Louisiana since 2012 and has made significant contributions to the Louisiana legislature during his tenure. Patrick has guided the fiscal division through eleven challenging sessions over the past four years, assisting the Louisiana legislature in negotiating multiple billion-dollar budget deficits that at times exceeded 20 percent of state resources.

Prior to his time in the House Fiscal Division, Patrick spent 19 years with the Legislative Performance Auditing and Actuarial Service Office. He has applied his experience with the Auditor’s Office to his directorship of the House Fiscal Office, advocating for professional management practices throughout the Louisiana House legislative organization. Patrick also oversaw the development of a new website for the office, that serves as a source of information and transparency for both legislators, and members of the public.

Patrick has been actively involved in numerous states, local and national organizations during his tenure with the Louisiana Legislature. He has served as the President of the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices (NALFO) and has been a member of the Executive Committee for the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES), among others. Patrick was also honored as the Louisiana State University Master of Public Administration Alumnus of the Year in 2013.

The Louisiana Legislature has greatly benefited from Patrick’s extensive experience and professionalism, as well as his dedication to providing unparalleled information to inform challenging budget discussions.  



Joel Michael and Steve Hinze, House Research Office, Minnesota

Stephanie Morrison and Sam Schaefer, Legislative Fiscal Division, Montana



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



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

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



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

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



Norris Green, Director, Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office

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



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


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


John O’Brien Director, Legislative Budget Board, Texas

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


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

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


David Abbey, Director, Legislative Finance Committee, New Mexico

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


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

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


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


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

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



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

Dennis Prouty, Director, Legislative Services Agency, Iowa


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

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


William G. Black, House of Representatives, Louisiana

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


Don Eckhart, Legislative Service Commission, Ohio

Robert Sigalow, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana


Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau Staff

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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