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Girard Miller
Senior Strategist
Public Financial Management, Inc.

Girard Miller is an investor, strategic consultant and commentator, residing in Malibu California. He is known nationally as an authority on the investment of public funds and public sector retirement plan design. His columns, Girard Miller on Public Money, appear regularly in Governing magazine and its online management letter.

Girard is a senior strategist for Public Financial Management (PFM) working in the fields of public funds, OPEB strategies and retirement plan finance. Most recently he was a voting member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Previously, Girard was the president of the Janus mutual funds and was Chief Operating Officer of Janus Capital Group, Inc., a global investment company with $170 billion of assets under management. Prior to that, he was the president and chief executive officer of the ICMA Retirement Corporation for ten years after heading Fidelity Investments’ public funds group.

Girard’s career began in the public sector. After working for ten years in local governments in New Jersey and Michigan, he joined the professional staff of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) in 1981. He authored 12 publications for GFOA and founded its Public Investor newsletter for investment professionals.

Girard recently volunteered to help GFOA publish a new and updated 2008 edition of his Elected Official’s Guide to Government Finance.

Girard earned a B.A. degree from the University of Washington (Seattle); he is a master of public administration graduate of the Maxwell School of Public Affairs of Syracuse University; and he holds a master's degree in economics from Wayne State University in Detroit. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

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Richard Arum New York University
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Derek Bok Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Richard Rothstein Economic Policy Institute
Herbert Kritzer William Mitchell College of Law

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