Julia Harper Cooper, Director of Finance, City of San Jose, has over two decades of local government experience. She is responsible for the day-to-day management oversight of four divisions within the Finance Department encompassing 114 direct and indirect reports in the Accounting, Treasury, Revenue Management and Purchasing Divisions. As Assistant Director, day-to-day management includes debt management, investments/cash management, payment processing, billing, accounts receivable, delinquent tax/revenue collections, payroll, accounts payable, financial reporting, procurement services and central warehouse operations.Ms. Cooper has been intimately involved in the management of the City’s debt program since 1990 involving the issuance of over 100 debt financings totaling over $5.0 billion; with a debt portfolio including general obligation, special assessment, community facilities districts, airport revenue, sewer revenue, certificates of participation, lease revenue bonds, multi-family housing revenue and tax allocation. Portfolio includes tax-exempt and taxable debt in fixed, variable rate and commercial paper securities. She is also a Board Member of the City of San Jose’s Deferred Compensation Advisory Committee responsible for fiduciary oversight of over $500 million in employee/retiree 457 Plan contributions, and a current member of GFOA Executive Board (June 2010 – June 2013).
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