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State Treasurer Fiona Ma provides financial empowerment to local elected officials with new training video

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced that she is kicking off “National Financial Literacy Month” a few days early with the launch of a financial training video designed to inform and empower elected officials.

“As a former local elected official I know that issuing and administering public debt can be daunting,” said Treasurer Ma. “That is why we have created this first video in a series to introduce the principles, concepts, and processes required to effectively make wise decisions about investing in infrastructure and economic development.”  


The online and on-demand educational courseware video was produced by the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC), which is chaired by Treasurer Ma. CDIAC will deliver the videos through a custom website that tracks a learner’s registration, progress, knowledge gained, and certification of completion.


In support of its efforts to educate public officials, the State Treasurer’s Office has formed a steering committee composed of public finance professional organizations, including cities, counties, school districts and special district finance staff. The role of the steering committee is two-fold. It provides insight into the roles and responsibilities of elected officials and will publicize the video program to elected officials.

By 2021, Treasurer Ma anticipates that a total of nine videos will be available. The first video that was released today is titled “What You Need to Know Before Issuing Debt.” It can be viewed here: https://www.treasurer.ca.gov/cdiac/debtpilot.asp

Treasurer Ma thanked the following local agencies and organizations for assisting in the project:

  • The League of California Cities,
  • California State Association of Counties,
  • California Special Districts Association,
  • California Association of School Business Officials,
  • Community College League of California,
  • California Society of Municipal Finance Officers,
  • California Municipal Treasurers Association,
  • California School Boards Association,
  • Association of California School Administrators,
  • California Charter Schools Association,
  • California Municipal Utilities Association,
  • Association of California Water Agencies,
  • California Association of Sanitation Agencies,
  • California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors. 

This article was released by the California State Treasurer‘s Office.