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Sofia Anastopoulos - Executive Director

Sofia Anastopoulos, CFA is the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer for IMET. She is responsible for all aspects of IMET operations. Sofia has spent the past twelve plus years working with public sector entities in best practices in treasury and investment management. She started her public finance career with the Government Finance Officers Association, where she was responsible for the GFOA's treasury and investment management initiatives, including staffing its TIM committee, the committee that identifies and promotes best practices in treasury and investment management. She also served as editor of the GFOA TIM Newsletter which focuses on issues relevant to public sector investors, and as instructor for the GFOA and regional associations. While at GFOA, Sofia wrote Elected Officials' Guide Investing, 2nd edition, Introduction to Broker-Dealers for State and Local Governments, 2nd edition, and Introduction to Investment Advisers for State and Local Governments and numerous articles. After GFOA, she worked for an investment management firm with a primary focus on public entities, before founding Public Funds Consulting, where she advised public sector entities in investment management best practices.

She wants to ensure best practices continue to be implemented and enhanced at IMET and that the IMET legacy of competitive risk-adjusted returns and great service to participants continues strong.
Sofia is a graduate of Northwestern University and received an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. She holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), the standard in portfolio management, and is a member of the CFA Institute, the Chicago CFA Society, Women in Public Finance, the GFOA, the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, and the Illinois County Treasurers Association.

Sofia will be working out of IMET's office in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Debra A. Zimmerman - Associate Director



Deb Zimmerman is the Associate Director (AD) for the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund (IMET). As Associate Director, Deb provides marketing and business development of the triple-A rated 1-3 year local government pool, with a regional focus on communities in Central and Southern Illinois. IMET currently serves more than 260 participants and has more the $1billion in municipal assets under management.

Deb came to IMET with over 15 years in government finance and other managerial experience. For more than 11 years she served as Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and City Hall Manager for the City of Flora. After her tenure as Treasurer/CFO, Deb was elected to the Flora City Council and served four years as the Finance Commissioner. Prior to her government service, she owned and operated a local retail business and was a part-time business instructor at Lakeland College.

Deb has a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Her contributions to the community include serving as Chairman of the Tourism Council, Chairman of the Disaster Relief Board, member of the TIF review Board, President of the Parents for Enrichment Program, President of the Parent Teacher Organization, member of the Community Health and Human Services Board, and girls' softball coach. Deb was honored with the ‘2006 Outstanding Citizen Award'. Professional memberships include the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) where she serves as a Regional Training Coordinator, the national Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the Illinois Municipal Treasurers Association (IMTA), the Southwestern Illinois City Management Association (SWICMA), the Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA), and the Illinois Professional Firefighters Association (IPFA).


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