(Harrisburg, Pa.) Dawood, an international planning and technology firm, hired Tracey Rash to lead the company’s Government Finance Solutions (GFS) division. Dawood’s GFS team empowers clients to bridge the gap between financial processes and municipal goals. A sought-after industry expert, Rash brings three decades of experience to this role.
“We are excited to welcome Tracey, an award-winning governmental accounting expert who provides our municipal clients with immediate value,” said Bony Dawood, PE, president of Dawood. “GFS delivers financial solutions and augments staff and operations, on either a temporary or permanent basis—differentiating us in a market where Tracey is firmly established.”
Rash works closely with John Mizerak, director of community and economic development with Dawood. Combined, the duo has helped more than 100 clients prepare budgets, capital plans, and financial statements while securing over $80 million in state and federal funding.
“Tracey’s financial acumen strengthens our ability to deliver funding solutions with community connections,” said James Rodgers, Chief Strategic Officer with Dawood. “This expands and diversifies the municipal revenue base and improves fiscal performance.”
“We’re passionate about helping government clients solve challenges,” added Mizerak. “GFS positions us to leverage more than $1.5 trillion in American Rescue Plan Act funds and $1.2 trillion in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds from President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ agenda.”
A Pennsylvania native, Rash was named a 2015 Woman of Influence by the Central Penn Business Journal. She is active with the Government Finance Officers Association, Pennsylvania Municipal League, and Pennsylvania Local Government Training Partnership.
Rash served as a board member for the Leadership Harrisburg Area and Tri-County Community Action Commission and on the task force for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), where she provided guidance and feedback on GASB projects.
GFS creates strategies that combine effective funding solutions and provides approaches for revitalizing the regional economies. GFS financial management experts assist with audit and budget preparation, capital planning, compliance modelling, market analyses, resource utilization, productivity improvements, stakeholder communication, technology efficiencies and municipal staff training.