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Beth N. Smayda  
Common Council
Title: Council Member
Phone: 914-419-6891
Hon. Beth N. Smayda

A public finance professional for over 20 years, Beth was elected to the White Plains Common Council in 2009 and began serving as a councilwoman in January 2010. She has been chair of the city's Budget and Management Advisory Committee since then and was chosen by her council colleagues to be council president in January 2012. During her term, Beth has led efforts to implement cost saving initiatives for the efficient provision of city services, the adoption of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to provide local businesses and cooperatives with another financing tool for implementing cost-saving and sustainable energy improvements, and the use of Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) financing, saving residents millions in debt service costs.

Beth has a long history of involvement in the White Plains community, having previously served as president of the White Plains League of Women Voters and chair of their City Budget Committee for 20 years. She also served on the White Plains PTA Council, chairing the School Budget and Legislation Committees.

Beth's public finance career began at Moody's Investors Service, after working as a researcher on intergovernmental and local government financial issues for the New York State Legislative Commission on State-Local Relations. At Moody's she was an Assistant Vice President in the Northeast Group. She then went to MBIA where she worked for 18 years analyzing, marketing, executing, monitoring, and re-mediating municipal bond transactions. At MBIA she managed the Public Finance Enterprise Insured Portfolio Management Group, headed up the Armonk office of the Public Finance Western New Business Group, and was managing director and head of the Healthcare New Business Group. Beth is currently a managing director at The BondFactor Company.

In 2006 Beth co-founded the Northeast Women in Public Finance (NEWPF) and then served as co-president through 2012. She still serves as a member of the NEWPF Board and has been a long time member of the Municipal Analysts Group of New York.

Beth received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and public administration from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas in Austin, TX.  

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