Mr. Burns joined DART in 2015 with 15 years of wide-ranging experience in public finance. Previously, he was a senior vice president with Siebert Brandford Shank, working as a municipal bond investment banker. Before that, he served as an executive vice president at Estrada Hinojosa, working as bond financial advisor and investment banker for several major Texas bond issuers.From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Burns served as executive director of the Texas Public Finance Authority (TPFA), leading the issuance of over $2 billion in bonds to finance capital needs and other programs for 23 state agencies. As director of TPFA, he was also responsible for managing bond proceeds, making debt service payments, and monitoring compliance for over $4 billion in state debt.Prior to his service with the State of Texas, Mr. Burns worked for over eight years as a vice president/senior analyst with Moody’s Investors Service. As a public finance bond analyst, he led the issuance of credit ratings for several of the nation’s largest bond issuers, including Houston, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, etc.Mr. Burns is a sixth generation Texas native, with a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas’ LBJ School. In addition to his public finance work, Mr. Burns also served as an advisor to the Austin City Council and as a policy analyst for the Texas Senate.
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