“Understanding interconnectedness means not just studying known elements of a system, for example how infrastructure, workforce, and innovation contribute to economic dynamism, but being open to seeing something new, something unexpected – and then making it usable, deepening our knowledge and expanding the choices people have to move forward.”
Victoria has worked with local governments for nineteen years and brings to Camoin Associates experience encompassing activities from the nuts and bolts of putting together a municipal bond issue, performing credit analyses, and teaching finance, to evaluating state financing programs, creating forecasts, and consulting on economic development strategies and best practices. She has used these skills on projects for the Capital Region Economic Development Council and the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, working with the Center for Economic Growth and TuckerStrategies as a consultant and researcher.
Prior joining Camoin Associates, Victoria began her career as a public finance investment banker at First Albany Corporation, then managed bond issues for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation. She was an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the SUNY Albany School of Business when the financial crisis began in 2008, where teaching undergraduates about an industry suddenly in turmoil instilled a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of markets, economics, investor expectations, and regulatory policy. In economic development Victoria combines this with her belief in the importance of the individuals and organizations who come together to create a strategy and achieve their goal.
She earned an MBA in Finance from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Williams College, Williamstown, MA.
Victoria’s Affecting Real Change
Victoria is most proud of projects where she was asked to take a complex subject and show people how to understand and use that knowledge. Examples include:
- Analyzing the economic outcomes of projects proposed to the Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency, and presenting the results to the Town and the public;
- Teaching undergraduate business students to price a municipal bond, and then showing how the prices reveal investor beliefs about the present and the future;
- Developing a new financing structure for the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation in order to increase the funds for “pipes in the ground” while making it easier for local communities to read and understand their obligations and the program benefits.
The Capital Region is fortunate in its many farms and orchards, and Victoria is always eager to seek out local produce and share her discoveries with friends and family, from the first greens of spring to the sauces and ciders our entrepreneurs create from the harvest.