Aug 26, 2020
Karen Rhodes-Whitley, CPM, RTA/C, MPA
City Budget

Karen Rhodes-Whitley, is currently the Director of Budget & Research for the

City of Plano, Texas, and has over 35 years of financial budgeting experience.

She has been with the City of Plano for 30 years, 22 of which she has served as

the Budget Director.  In addition to her Budget duties, she is currently the

Program Co-Chair for GFOAT and is a on the CORBA Committee with GFOA.

She is also Past-President of the Government Financial Officers Association of

Texas and past member of the Economic Development and Capital Planning

Committee and Budget Committee for the National Government Financial

Officers Association plus is a Budget Reviewer.  Karen holds a BBA from the

University of Texas at Austin and an MPA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

She is also a Certified Public Manager and a Registered Tax Assessor/Collector.

She also serves as an Associate Director of the Institute of Public Finance

Certificate Program through Texas Tech University. She has been a speaker on

various budget and capital project topics at GFOA, GFOAT, TML and ICMA

Conferences. In November 2014, she received the 2014 Outstanding Service

Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas.