2021 Annual Conference Recap
Section: NASACT

NASACT President and California State Auditor Elaine M. Howle, and conference co-hosts Controller Betty Yee and Treasurer Fiona Ma, welcomed over 400 members and friends to San Diego for the association's 106th annual conference. The conference was held 15-18 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, and included meetings of NASACT's Executive Committee and the Committee on Accounting, Reporting and Auditing.
Left to right: President Elaine Howle; Controller Betty Yee; Liz Basto, President of the CPCE-F and Controller of the State of Yucatan; and Treasurer Fiona Ma.   Colors were presented by Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command San Diego during opening ceremonies.  

Technical Agenda & Other Activities

The conference featured six general sessions, with keynotes from Cali Williams Yost, founder and CEO of Flex+Strategy; Dan White from Moody's Analytics; John Sileo, cybersecurity and identity theft expert; and DEI expert Chelsea Williams. Attendees also heard from a panel of NASACT members on post-COVID workplace challenges and participated in our traditional member roundtable. With 27 concurrent sessions, the conference featured a wide range of topics of interest to state government financial management leaders. View the complete program here.

Four resolutions were approved at the conference during the annual business meeting:
  1. Thanking Elaine M. Howle for her service as NASACT President.
  2. Commending David R. Bean on his distinguished career and thanking him for his support and friendship over the years.
  3. Thanking our California hosts of the 2021 NASACT Annual Conference.
  4. Thanking Sherri L. Rowland for her years of service as an employee of NASACT.
Additionally, NASACT members elected a new Executive Committee.
Elaine Howle received a plaque of appreciation from incoming NASACT President Richard Eckstrom.   NASACT recognized the sixth class of Hall of Fame inductees.


On Tuesday, August 17, three individuals were inducted into NASACT's Hall of Fame:
  • David R. Bean, former Director of Research and Technical Activities, Governmental Accounting Standards Board
  • James B. Lewis, former State Treasurer, New Mexico
  • David A. Vaudt, former Auditor of State of Iowa and former Chairman, Governmental Accounting Standards Board
In addition to announcing the new Hall of Fame inductees, President Howle announced several other awards:

Distinguished Service
  • Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller Emeritus, Tennessee
Special Recognition
  • Rob Hamilton, Controller, Oregon
  • James MacDonald, First Deputy Treasurer, Massachusetts
  • George Strudgeon, Audit Director, Virginia
President's Awards
  • Greg Griffin, State Auditor, Georgia
  • Brandon Woolf, State Controller, Idaho
  • Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Vermont


NASACT wishes to thank all those who helped with the conference, including our California hosts, speakers and moderators. Special gratitude goes to our corporate partners for their financial support and technical expertise.

Next Year

The 2022 Annual Conference will be hosted by incoming President Richard Eckstrom, comptroller general of South Carolina, on August 21-24. Mark your calendar and join us next year!