Sova Adds Financial Consultation to Member Services Offered by League of Minnesota Cities

(June 15, 2020–St. Paul, MN) Lisa Sova began employment June 8 as the assistant finance director for the League of Minnesota Cities. In this new member outreach position, Sova will share information and expertise with city personnel on issues of municipal finance.

The League of Minnesota Cities serves 833 member cities of all sizes and geographies through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management, and other services.

With the development of Sova’s role, each department of the League will now offer a member services and outreach component dedicated to helping cities operate and lead effectively. This new support will be designed to complement, not duplicate, existing relationships between cities and their financial service providers and staff.

“We feel very fortunate to have Lisa join our team, and to be able to extend our member and outreach services to now also include financial services,” said League Finance Director Marky Engler. “If members have questions, we certainly encourage them to reach out to Lisa. These inquiries will provide her a better understanding of the guidance and training that cities need.”

“My approach will be to listen to the city, to assist in defining the issue, and then to work together to identify solutions,” said Sova. “When cities reach out to me, they can expect to find a resource for one-on-one assistance, as well as educational opportunities and training.”

Sova’s skillset could not arrive at a better time. “Clearly, the fiscal issues resulting from the pandemic will be forefront on our members’ minds,” Executive Director David Unmacht said.

Before coming to the League, Sova was city administrator for the City of Crosby, a senior financial analyst with Weyerhaeuser, and a benefits administrator with Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. In addition, she has an accounting degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA), and is certified as a Minnesota Master Municipal Clerk. She has also served on the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust Board of Trustees.

“Because I have worked in a city, I understand the challenges those in the field face,” said Sova. “I hope to help cities find financial solutions that move communities forward, even in difficult times.”

City officials can contact Sova at lsova@lmc.org or (651) 281-1208.