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Jon Johnson

CFO/VP of Finance and Administration

Alliance for Innovation


Jon serves as the CFO and Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Alliance for Innovation, a non-profit organization that identifies and promotes innovative practices in local government. He has more than 40 years of experience as a practitioner in financial administration for municipalities, counties, school districts, public universities and non-profit entities. Throughout his career as a finance and budget director, he has been responsible for the management of all aspects of local government finance operations for both small and large organizations. Jon brings with him not only the “hands-on” technical skills associated with the day-to-day financial operations of local governments, but also the ability to apply a diagnostic approach to the analysis needed to assess the fiscal health of an organization and the management experience to implement the resulting solutions from that diagnostic analysis. Before joining the Alliance, Jon co-founded the Center for Priority Based Budgeting. Previous to that, he served as the Director of Budget and Management Analysis for Jefferson County, Colorado and as the Director of Finance Douglas County, Colorado, and in the state of Missouri served as Director of Finance for the City of Blue Springs, the City of Joplin, and the City of Kansas City (MO) Aviation Department. Jon has worked with ICMA as a Senior Management Advisor and with GFOA as a regional trainer and workshop presenter. Jon holds a B.A. in political science and a B.S. in accounting from Missouri Southern State University, as well as a master’s degree in College Administration from Pittsburg (KS) State University.

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