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2020 Board Nominee Bios & Candidate Statements

The vote for vacant positions on the 2020-21 ALGA Board of Directors will be held electronically this year. Visit our election FAQ page to learn more about the process.

All ballots will be emailed to full ALGA members on May 13. Online ballots should be completed no later than June 3, 2020. At 12:00 a.m. ET on June 4, 2020, the online ballot will be closed. All mailed paper ballots must be received by Member Services by June 3, 2020. Paper ballots received after that date will not be considered. Questions may be directed to Member Services at (859) 276-0686.

This is an uncontested Board position.

Chris Horton, Ph.D., CIA, CGAP, CRMA, CCSA

Chris is the County Auditor for Arlington County, Virginia and has more than 19 years of audit experience. He has consistently provided strong leadership for ALGA during his tenure as Secretary and At-Large Board Member. Chris has chaired a number of committees including the Constitution and By-Laws Procedure Committee, Long Term Conference Planning Committee, and the Education Committee. He has also served as a member of other committees, as a peer review team member, a Knighton judge, and a mentor. Chris has presented at multiple ALGA conferences and regional training events and also authored articles for the Quarterly. He has been involved in several important ALGA initiatives such as the development of virtual training. Chris represents local government audit concerns in his service on Comptroller General’s Domestic Working Group. He is also active in other professional groups including the Intergovernmental Audit Forum and Association of Government Accountants.

Candidate Statement: The President-elect primarily serves as the chair of the ALGA Conference Committee and as chair of the ALGA Nominating Committee. In those roles the President-elect leads the development of the Annual Conference experience, and leads the process for identifying a slate of Board candidates for approval by the ALGA Board. After one year, the President-elect automatically succeeds to the office of President for a one-year term, and then serves one year as Immediate Past President. I have served ALGA as a committee chair or Board member since 2012, and it would be an honor to serve as your President-elect and as your President. Thank you for your consideration.

This is a contested Board position. The candidates are listed below.

Andrew Keegan, CIA, CGAP

Andrew is an Assistant City Auditor for the City of Austin, Office of the City Auditor and has around 10 years of audit experience. He is currently an At-Large member on the ALGA Board and has served as Chair of the Membership and Survey Committees. Andrew has also been a member of the Constitution and By-laws and the Conference committees. He has presented concurrent sessions and workshops at national conferences and authored several articles for the Quarterly. He has also served in ALGA’s mentoring program and as a judge for the Knighton Award program. Andrew was an early advocate for a process to allow all ALGA members to vote in board elections. His efforts have contributed to proposed updates to our By-Laws which may provide opportunities for members to vote even if they are unable to attend the conference. Andrew’s professional experience includes audits and investigations within city government and at a university.

Candidate Statement: As a veteran, I understand dedication, teamwork, and service to others. I have applied those qualities in service to ALGA. Over the last seven years I’ve been a member of multiple ALGA committees, chaired both the Survey and Membership committees, and served as a member of the ALGA Board. I have also participated in other ways, including presenting at the annual conference, judging the Knighton Awards, and mentoring another ALGA member. As a Board Member I’ve helped develop a new strategic plan, improve the website, update the bylaws, and promote diversity, equity and inclusion across all of ALGA’s programs and services. It has been my pleasure to help guide this organization as an At-Large Board Member for the last two years, and I hope that I can continue to serve our members and the local government auditing profession as ALGA Secretary.


Rebecca Takahashi, CIA, CGAP

Rebecca is a Senior Internal Auditor for the City of Pasadena and has more than 10 years of audit experience. She served as chair of the OLR committee and helped with the deployment of the ALGA Conference application in 2015 and 2016. She also recently helped lead the vendor selection process for the new ALGA website alongside the co-chair of OLR. Rebecca has served ALGA in several other roles including as a member of the Conference Committees that planned the San Diego and Austin conferences. In addition, she facilitated a roundtable at the 2016 conference and presented at the 2017 conference. Rebecca has worked for three different ALGA member audit shops and has audited under both the GAGAS and IIA standards. She has also participated as a team member and team lead for Red Book based peer reviews. Rebecca has a master of public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in political studies and history from Pitzer College. She is a recipient of a 2013 Outstanding Contribution to the Local Government Auditing Quarterly Award and a 2018 Distinguished Knighton Award.

Candidate Statement: I am Rebecca Takahashi and thank you for considering me as a member of the Board as either Secretary or an At-Large member. Since becoming an ALGA volunteer and leader in different capacities, I’ve connected with and learned from auditors across the local government spectrum. What sets ALGA apart from other associations is the grassroots network of peers that do not hesitate to help one another. My priority has always been to help keep ALGA members connected and networked.

What motivates me to want to serve on ALGA’s Board is helping members have a voice in ALGA. As noted in my biography, I’ve worked as an auditor in many different environments, giving me a broad perspective of what our diverse membership may need from ALGA. Even though we all audit in the local government environment, our jobs can look and feel vastly different. However, I believe we’re all committed to independently and objectively adding value to our organizations. From a personal perspective, I bring my own unique experiences and identity that I hope can enhance ALGA’s efforts and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

ALGA has allowed me to find ways to serve that are meaningful without sacrificing the quality of work in my City. Through serving ALGA, I’ve learned how to communicate remotely with my peers, ensuring the flow of information to all stakeholders, and be responsive to member needs. I feel confident and excited to take on the tasks required of the Secretary or At-Large Board member.

This is an uncontested Board position.

Stephanie Jackson, J.D., CGAP

Stephanie is the Deputy City Auditor for the City of Atlanta, City Auditor’s Office and has more than 20 years of audit experience. Stephanie has led audits at the city, state, and county level. In addition to auditing, her professional experience includes two years as Director of the Office of Performance and Accountability for the Department of Watershed Management in Atlanta. This provides her with a unique perspective of local government organizations and the operational challenges they face. She has been a member of the PIC and Conference Committees and helped plan a regional training event. Stephanie has also presented at ALGA annual conferences and participated in two peer reviews. Stephanie earned an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts from McNeese State University, a Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center, and is a Certified Government Auditing Professional.

Candidate Statement: No candidate statement provided.

This is a contested Board position. The candidates are listed below.

Kathie Harrison, CGAP, CFE, CICA

Kathie is a Supervising Senior Auditor for the City of Austin, Office of the City Auditor and has more than 15 years of audit experience. Kathie has led audits and investigations in the public and private sectors. Her professional experience in local government, construction, and information technology helps her to bring a different perspective to her work. She has been a member of ALGA for over 13 years and has served as chair of both the Long-Term Conference Planning and Awards Program committees. Kathie helped to design the Knighton Feedback Program which is in its second year of full implementation and developed a process to systemically gather feedback points directly from the judges during their review. She was also a member of ALGA’s communication plan task force that streamlined how committees share information. She has moderated sessions and presented awards at the ALGA conference and co-authored an article for the Quarterly. Kathie has a bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Candidate Statement: I’m a passionate and motivated individual who wants to share my ideas, work with others to grow this organization, gain valuable skills, and contribute to the local government audit community. I want to make more of an investment in this organization and to help continue shape this organization as we move into the future.

I’m a people-person and love to work with others to improve processes or services. I’m organized, willing to put in the extra effort, and want to continue encouraging others to volunteer no matter their level of contribution.

I truly enjoy the people in ALGA. From the people that are heavily involved to those that have just joined the organization. It feels like a family. A family that accepts you and listens to you while still telling you the truth. This is what makes ALGA so special to me.

In my audit organization, we rely on the services provided by ALGA and the people in the organization. ALGA is a resource for local government auditors to get information specific to them. ALGA is a place for me to share ideas, to seek guidance, to get support, to learn from others. ALGA is a safe space to be yourself. ALGA understands your struggles and is there to advocate on your behalf. I want to share this vision with others. Our vision.


Rebecca Takahashi, CIA, CGAP

Rebecca is a Senior Internal Auditor for the City of Pasadena and has more than 10 years of audit experience. She served as chair of the OLR committee and helped with the deployment of the ALGA Conference application in 2015 and 2016. She also recently helped lead the vendor selection process for the new ALGA website alongside the co-chair of OLR. Rebecca has served ALGA in several other roles including as a member of the Conference Committees that planned the San Diego and Austin conferences. In addition, she facilitated a roundtable at the 2016 conference and presented at the 2017 conference. Rebecca has worked for three different ALGA member audit shops and has audited under both the GAGAS and IIA standards. She has also participated as a team member and team lead for Red Book based peer reviews. Rebecca has a master of public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in political studies and history from Pitzer College. She is a recipient of a 2013 Outstanding Contribution to the Local Government Auditing Quarterly Award and a 2018 Distinguished Knighton Award.

Candidate Statement: I am Rebecca Takahashi and thank you for considering me as a member of the Board as either Secretary or an At-Large member. Since becoming an ALGA volunteer and leader in different capacities, I’ve connected with and learned from auditors across the local government spectrum. What sets ALGA apart from other associations is the grassroots network of peers that do not hesitate to help one another. My priority has always been to help keep ALGA members connected and networked.

What motivates me to want to serve on ALGA’s Board is helping members have a voice in ALGA. As noted in my biography, I’ve worked as an auditor in many different environments, giving me a broad perspective of what our diverse membership may need from ALGA. Even though we all audit in the local government environment, our jobs can look and feel vastly different. However, I believe we’re all committed to independently and objectively adding value to our organizations. From a personal perspective, I bring my own unique experiences and identity that I hope can enhance ALGA’s efforts and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

ALGA has allowed me to find ways to serve that are meaningful without sacrificing the quality of work in my City. Through serving ALGA, I’ve learned how to communicate remotely with my peers, ensuring the flow of information to all stakeholders, and be responsive to member needs. I feel confident and excited to take on the tasks required of the Secretary or At-Large Board member.