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How I Made It: Joya De Foor

Keeping an eye on city coffers

January 11, 2008|Andrea Chang | Times Staff Writer

The gig: As city treasurer, De Foor serves as the primary banker, investor and custodian of public funds for Los Angeles and oversees its $7.5-billion investment program.

Education: Bachelor's in business administration, University of Notre Dame; MBA, USC

On her resume: City treasurer and revenue officer for the city of Long Beach; interim treasurer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; senior management consultant for accounting firm Deloitte & Touche

First jobs: As a teenager, De Foor worked at a call center soliciting donations for the American Red Cross. Her salary? "Less than a dollar an hour." Later, she sold vacuum cleaners door to door.

Noteworthy fact: De Foor was a member of the first freshman class at the University of Notre Dame to admit women.

Dream job as a kid: The Yogi Berra fan wanted to be an attorney or general manager of the New York Yankees.

Dream job now: An executive finance board member for the U.S. Olympic Committee

No-turning-back moment: While working for the MTA in the late 1990s, De Foor said, she helped structure a finance deal that saved the organization about $25 million. "It made me feel like what I did could make a difference."

Number of times wanted to quit: "Probably more times than I can count."

First big purchase: "I don't think I ever made one."

Advice: "Stay grounded. Whether that grounding is your family or your friends or your mentor, just realize that we're talking careers; we're not talking about your life."


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