Women in Public Finance (WPF) has selected Squire Sanders partner Harriet Welch to receive the “She’s Our Hero” award, which recognizes a woman’s successful management of career, self-development, family issues, and civic involvement. Ms. Welch will be honored by the organization during a January 14, 2014, reception in the Hotel Allegro in downtown Chicago.
WPF was founded in 1997 to advance women's leadership opportunities and potential by fostering relationships and networking, and to provide educational and learning activities and forums. Participants in the organization include state and local government issuers, not-for-profit issuers, investment bankers, attorneys, financial advisors, rating agency analysts, bond insurers, and trust officers among others. Ms. Welch is a founding member of WPF’s Los Angeles Chapter.
An experienced public finance lawyer, Ms. Welch has worked in the field for more than 25 years in California and an additional eight years in New York City. She represents California bond issuers, investment bankers, letter of credit banks, and borrowers on tax-exempt financings. Ms. Welch has served as bond counsel for the California Educational Facilities Authority, the California Municipal Finance Authority, the California Statewide Communities Development Authority, the County of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Oakland, and the State Public Works Board. In recent years, Ms. Welch’s practice has focused extensively on bond counsel engagements for colleges, universities, private schools, and other nonprofit organizations. Since 1986 she has worked on more than 130 financings involving these entities in California.
In 2007, she was named a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. Ms. Welch is on the Advisory Board of the Sol Prince School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL). She is past president of the California Association of Bond Lawyers and a former board member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.