State & Local Outreach Committee – 2024

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In 2024, the State and Local Outreach Committee was developed out of the national need to include every level of government to start examining their risks through the use and adoption of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM).  The committee provides connections between federal, state, and local government entities for engagement, best practices, and educational opportunities for ERM.  By opening new channels and networks to all public entities that share in the critical need to manage their risks, the true value of ERM emerges for all government entities.  Federal government practitioners bring their maturity of experience to state and local practitioners;  whereas state and local practitioners bring innovation and agile ideas that may benefit federal practitioners.  Bringing together all levels of government ERM practitioners for deep conversation and dialog will benefit all participants by increasing their understanding and awareness of ERM practices and approaches.

National Committee ChairMel Thomson

Mel Thomson

ERM Lead - City of Phoenix, AZ

2023 AFERM President & National Committee Advisor

Marianne (Linger) Roth

Chief Risk Officer, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Washington D.C.

National Vice Committee ChairGrace Crickette

Grace Crickette

Vice President for Finance & Administration/Chief Financial Officer, University of Redlands - Redlands, CA

Northeastern Regional RepresentativeLauren Grasso

Lauren Grasso

Chief Risk Officer, New York State Tax & Finance - Albany, NY

Represents: ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY, PA, NJ

Midwestern Regional RepresentativeKendrick Lewis

Kendrick Lewis

Senior Administrative & ERM Division Manager - Hennepin County, MN

Represents: ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, MI, IN

Western Regional RepresentativeSean Catanese

Sean Catanese

ERM Program Manager - King County, WA

Represents: WA, OR, CA, MT, ID, WY, NV, UT, CO, AZ, NM, AK, HI

Southern Regional RepresentativeCathie Chancellor

Cathie Chancellor

Risk Manager - City of Norfolk, VA

Represents: DE, MS, MD, AK, DC, LA, WV, VA, OK, TX, KY, NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, AL