Independent Financial Guidance for Government Initiatives


August 8th, 2011

Phoebe S. Selden

Phoebe Selden is nationally recognized as a government finance, transportation and privatization (P3) expert, with over 27 years of public sector experience.  She has focused her career on developing innovative plans of finance and rating agency strategies for large urban and complex infrastructure clients and has completed over $16 billion of bond financings.  She has worked on over 20 P3 projects. Ms. Selden’s transportation clients span all sectors:  airports, highways, parking, ports, rail, rental car facilities, toll roads and transit.  Other industry focus areas include water / wastewater and economic development projects.  Services include traditional financial advisor, P3 and budget / financial strategy development work.

Ms. Selden began her career at Ernst & Whinney, serving public sector clients and commercial and M&A assignments for seven years. She served the City of Chicago for 13 years, ultimately as City Comptroller, and launched and led the Chicago office of Moody’s Investors Service, before joining another independent financial advisory firm.  Ms. Selden earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from DePaul University and passed the CPA exam in 1983.

Ms. Selden is an Advisor to the Government Finance Officers Association Debt Committee, a member of the Finance Committee Steering Group for Airports Council International and a prior member of the Metropolitan Planning Council.

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