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Treasury Welcomes New Director of Debt Management Jacqueline Knights

Treasury Welcomes New Director of Debt Management Jacqueline Knights

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October 12, 2020

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Oregon State Treasury is pleased to welcome Jacqueline Knights as our new Director of Debt Management. In her new role, Jacqueline is responsible for issuing all State of Oregon bonds and managing the state’s outstanding debt. Put another way: when Oregon governments need to finance capital projects like a new bridge or a retrofit building with seismic upgrades, Jacqueline and her team make it happen.

“Our bonding program is helping to build stronger communities across Oregon, and we’re thrilled to bring Jacqueline’s deep experience and expertise to our team,” said Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read. “Especially as Oregon rebuilds from the pandemic and devastating wildfires, Treasury’s ability to help communities access low-cost financing will be more important than ever.”

Jacqueline leads a team of six in Treasury’s Debt Management Division, and they work closely with people across state government, regional and local governments, nonprofits, and the financial industry to provide financing assistance. She also oversees rating agency coordination, state and local debt tracking, investor relations, legislative review, and policy development. Jacqueline will serve as Treasurer Read’s designee on the Oregon Private Activity Bond Committee and the Oregon Municipal Debt Advisory Committee.

Jacqueline brings more than 29 years of experience working in municipal finance, infrastructure, transportation, public utilities, and other municipal sectors. Previous positions include The Williams Capital Group, Jackson Securities, Bear Stearns and JP Morgan. During her career, Jacqueline worked on many transactions in Oregon, including projects with the Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet, and on State of Oregon General Obligation Bonds. Jacqueline has a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I am delighted and deeply honored to serve the State of Oregon as Director of Oregon State Treasury’s Debt Management Division,” Jacqueline said. “Throughout my career, I have placed the client first – a sentiment that was always mirrored during my interactions with Oregon State Treasury. Now that I’m on the team, I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to facilitate efforts to effect good public policy and support the Treasurer and state leadership in their mission to create and improve access to financial opportunities for all Oregonians.”

Jacqueline, whose first day at Oregon Treasury was September 8, succeeds Laura Lockwood McCall, who retired on September 30 after more than a decade of dedicated service to the State of Oregon.

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