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Department of Management Services

Sonya C. Little

In May 2011, Mayor Bob Buckhorn appointed Sonya Little as the City of Tampa’s chief financial officer. In this capacity, she serves as the administrator for the Revenue and Finance Department. She is primarily responsible for administering an annual operating budget of more than $830 million; managing the city’s credit ratings and a debt portfolio in excess of $857 million; and for overseeing the primary functions of accounting, grants management and investments.

Prior to joining the city, Little worked as a managing director with Public Resources Advisory Group (PRAG) in the firm’s St. Petersburg, Fla., office for three years. Before joining PRAG, she worked with RBC Capital Markets and William R. Hough & Co. as an investment banker for over 14 years. Additionally, she was previously a bond development specialist with the State of Florida’s Division of Bond Finance.

Little has represented numerous municipalities as either a financial advisor or underwriter on over $6 billion in tax-exempt and taxable bond issues, which include conventional fixed-rate, variable rate and derivative structures. She has been involved in financings and refinancings for programs in the areas of water and sewer, solid waste, stormwater, surface transportation, utility, public education, university system improvement, parking facilities, housing, tax-increment, general obligation, and various non-ad valorem transactions. She has extensive experience analyzing capital budgets and developing options for meeting long-term capital needs while working within federal, state, local and regulatory guidelines.

Additionally, Little has represented several municipalities in obtaining conventional bank loans and loans through pooled programs. She assisted many of her clients in developing debt management and in successfully obtaining favorable ratings for existing and newly established credits. Little served as financial advisor to the City of Hollywood and the Hollywood Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and as a member of the PRAG financial advisory team for the City of Tampa, Miami-Dade County, Pinellas County, and the District of Columbia.

Sonya earned a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of South Florida. She previously held an NASD Series 7 Registered Representatives License and Series 63 securities license while serving as an investment banker with a nationally recognized investment bank.