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Chris Morrill

Executive Director/CEO, Government Finance Officers Association

Chris Morrill is the CEO of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the US & Canada. GFOA, with more than 19,400 members, advances excellence in government finance.

Chris previously served as city manager in Roanoke, VA, assistant city manager and budget director in Savannah, GA, and budget analyst in Catawba County, NC. He also served as Senior Municipal Finance Advisor to the South African National Treasury. In this position, he assisted the South Africa with local government finance legislation, municipal budget reforms, and capacity building programs.

Morrill co-authored The Savannah Story: The Road to Equity and Sustainable Community Development in Economic Development in American Cities: the Pursuit of an Equity Agenda. He was in the first group of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in the former Soviet Union, where he advised the City of L’viv, Ukraine on finance and management issues.

Chris completed a three-year fellowship in the Kellogg National Leadership Program, exploring conflict resolution and community building in Peru, China, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. He was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Roanoke Chapter.

Chris Morrill is an International City/County Manager Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager and currently serves as chair of the ICMA Retirement Corporation Vantage Trust Board. He received a bachelor of arts in political science from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and a master of public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.