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Who we are

Funkhouser & Associates is a consulting firm founded by Mark Funkhouser, a longtime public servant and a former publisher of Governing magazine. As mayor of Kansas City during the Great Recession, Mark has direct experience with managing government through a fiscal crisis. Funkhouser & Associates was founded on the idea that we can build a better government by building trusted relationships with each other and government partners.



Mark Funkhouser

Mark Funkhouser, president of Funkhouser & Associates, is a municipal finance expert who has spent decades in government service. As the mayor of Kansas City during the Great Recession, Mark made the tough choices to put his city on the path to fiscal sustainability. That experience, his long tenure as an auditor and his most recent post as the publisher of Governing magazine have made him a trusted and credible advisor to government officials across the country. Mark holds a master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University, an M.B.A. from Tennessee State University, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in public administration and urban sociology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Julia Burrows

Julia Burrows is a consultant at Funkhouser & Associates, a local government practitioner and policy advisor with decades of experience in sustainability, housing, civic engagement, and economic development. Julia joined F&A after serving as Special Assistant to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg advising on climate mitigation, COVID-19 response and homelessness. She previously served as Director of the Governing Institute and in various roles during her 22 years with the City of Roseville, CA including Deputy City Manager. Julia holds a B.S. from the University of California, Davis in Environmental Policy Analysis & Planning.

Liz Farmer

Liz Farmer, a consultant at Funkhouser & Associates, is a fiscal policy expert and writer whose areas of expertise include budgets, fiscal distress, tax policy and pensions. She takes complicated topics and writes about them in language everybody can understand and her work has appeared in Forbes, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and other national publications. She is also a fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government writing about the policy implications of the future of work. Liz holds a B.A. from the George Washington University in American history, film and television production and a Master of Journalism from the University of Maryland.

Veronika Zubo

Veronika Zubo, a consultant at Funkhouser & Associates, is an expert in program development, strategic planning and events management. She focuses on the confluence of economic, political and social dynamics and how they play out at the local level. Through her work, she supports public sector leadership development, capacity building, and public-private partnerships to help jurisdictions address challenges ranging from health and social equity to infrastructure, public safety and resiliency. Veronika holds an M.A. in political science from California State University-Long Beach.


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