Michael D. Belsky
Executive Director, Center for Municipal Finance
Lecturer and Senior Fellow, Harris Public Policy
Michael D. Belsky is managing director and head of fixed income at Greenwich Investment Management, a high-yield municipal bond advisory firm. He is a recognized expert in municipal finance with more than 30 years of experience.
Mr. Belsky was recently asked by the SEC to testify as an expert in hearings on secondary market disclosure in the municipal bond market. In addition to working as a top executive specializing in credit review and rating in public finance, Mr. Belsky served as a two-term mayor and two-term city council member in Highland Park, Illinois. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Belsky was a member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, a national body that sets accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments.
Christopher R. Berry
Academic Director, Center for Municipal Finance
Associate Professor, Harris Public Policy
Christopher R. Berry is academic director of the Center for Municipal Finance and faculty director of the master of science program in computational analysis and public policy. His research interests include metropolitan governance, the politics of public finance and intergovernmental fiscal relations.
Dr. Berry is the author of “Imperfect Union: Representation and Taxation in Multilevel Governments” (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which won the Best Book Award in urban politics from the American Political Science Association. Prior to joining Harris, Professor Berry was a director in the MetroEdge division of ShoreBank.
David M. Limardi
Midwest Regional Director, International City/County
Managing Director, Limardi Consulting, LLC
David M. Limardi is the Midwest Regional director for the International City/County Management Association and the managing director of Limardi Consulting, LLC. He began his career in local government management in Wilmette, Illinois, and at the age of 29, he became the village manager of Lincolnshire, Illinois. Ten years later, he was appointed the city manager of Highland Park, a position he held until 2011.
Mr. Limardi teaches public finance and budgeting in the Northwestern University’s division of public policy and administration master’s program. He also has taught at Harris Public Policy and Northern Illinois University Division of Public Administration. He is a keynote speaker and writer, focusing on leadership, ethics and public sector finance and budgeting.
Paula R. Worthington
Senior Lecturer, Harris
Paula R. Worthington is a senior lecturer at Harris Public Policy, where she teaches classes in state and local public finance and cost-benefit analysis. She is actively involved in teaching, advising and programming as part of the Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance and related initiatives. She has served as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as a research officer, economic advisor and senior research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.