Meet GASB Member Dianne Ray:
A Brief Q&A

The GASB Outlook recently caught up with Colorado State Auditor Dianne Ray, one of the two new GASB members, to talk about what drew her to state government, what interested her in serving on the Board, key opportunities she sees ahead, and more.
 
GO:   What drew you to serving in state government?
 
DR:   Let me start first with where I was before state government.  I was the director of finance and administration for a small municipality (about 20,000 population) near Boulder, Colorado for seven years.  As director of finance, two of my responsibilities were preparation of the annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report as well as the annual budget.  Based on my experience, I was offered the position of director of local government audits at the Office of the State Auditor, overseeing the collection and review of all local government audited financial reports or self-reported financial information for smaller local governments. There are nearly 4,000 local governments in Colorado. This position led to being appointed the financial deputy state auditor and overseeing the annual audit of the State of Colorado Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and later being unanimously appointed by the General Assembly twice to five-year terms as state auditor. In each of these positions I have had the satisfaction of serving the citizens and making a difference in what I do. I have also enjoyed the continuous learning experiences. 
 
GO:  What interested you in joining the GASB?
    
DR:   I have more than 25 years of working in a GASB-driven world.  I found the opportunity to be part of the actual standards-setting process exciting, intriguing, and provided a new continuous learning experience. The collaboration process is something that I have embraced as state auditor; and considering stakeholder input is an important part of our audits. In total, it felt like a good fit.
 
GO:  Is there a key opportunity you see ahead for the Board?
 
DR:   I believe the key opportunity ahead for the Board is around technology. With advancements in technology increasing exponentially, opportunities should open up for more expansive stakeholder input as well as a role for the Board to play in electronic financial reporting. I find these possibilities interesting and we should embrace the changes—not on the cutting edge—but rather as processes become more mainstream.
 
GO:   Have there been any silver linings in 2020?
 
DR:   Of course, the obvious one is being part of the GASB and the variety of challenges it brings. Other silver linings are that I love my new commute—upstairs instead of 1+ hours each way. At the OSA, we are recognizing that we are a family and need the support we can provide each other. When we were all in the office, we easily took that for granted. Now we try and find ways to connect through activities such as lunch, small group gatherings in a park, virtual Chats & Chocolates, and we are even doing a virtual Meet & Greet with the Hawaii State Auditor’s Office.