Jeff White is Managing Member of Columbia Capital Management. Prior to joining Columbia Capital in 2001, Mr. White spent more than a decade as a local government management practitioner.
As a city manager, assistant city manager, department head, and budget director in cities from 14,000 to 124,000 in population, Mr. White became very familiar with the financial needs of local governments as debt issuers and investors. As public works director responsible for transportation, building inspection, engineering, parking and water utilities (water, wastewater, and storm water), he managed annual operating budgets of nearly $55 million and capital programs exceeding $150 million. He enjoys bringing his passion for public service and an understanding of the business of local government to Columbia's clients.
Mr. White has experience serving a wide variety of issuers. His clients have included the City of Los Angeles, Chicago Public Schools; the Kansas Turnpike Authority; the Illinois Toll Highway Authority; St. Louis County, Missouri; Metro Bi-State Development Agency (St. Louis); East-West University (Chicago); Roosevelt University (Chicago); and numerous regional and local issuers.
Mr. White served as lead advisor on the City Colleges of Chicago's (CCC) inaugural general obligation bond issuance in 2013. Because CCC was pursuing the issuance of alternate bonds pursuant to the Illinois Local Government Debt Reform Act, the CCC needed to identify specific sources of revenue to pledge to the bonds that would serve as the first repayment source in front of an unlimited pledge of property taxes that would only be tapped should the alternate revenues prove to be insufficient. Mr. White presented to the CCC various alternate revenue sources available including the benefits and drawbacks of each potential source, or combination of sources, and the level of bonding each could support. Key factors in the decision process included the CCC's desire to differentiate their offering from other local bond issuers and the negative optics that certain pledged revenues might bring. With Mr. White's analysis and recommendations in hand, CCC had the resources needed to make the decision best suited to their situation and future bond issuance goals and plans. His work for Chicago non-profits includes advising on the financing of academic facilities for both Roosevelt University and East-West University.
Mr. White is currently advising the City of Edgerton, Kansas, on the financing of significant public infrastructure supporting BNSF railroad's newest intermodal transportation facility, the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi, and the development of a related logistics park that will eventually contain more than 18 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space. The underpinning of this financing is a three party agreement between the City, BNSF and a master developer of the surrounding logistics park. Because of the City's small size, the parties are currently pursuing a public/private partnership model to finance infrastructure costs that would be beyond the City's ability to support on its own.
Mr. White holds an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration in Local Government Management from the University of Kansas. He is a Series 50 municipal advisor representative, a Series 54 municipal advisor principal and a Series 65 Investment Adviser Representative.