Municipal finance pioneer retires after 33 years

Knott Irwin-Knott

Colette Irwin-Knott, the first female partner at Umbaugh, has retired after 33 years at the municipal financial advisory firm.

Irwin-Knott, 55, had been instrumental in helping more than 100 entities across the state, primarily schools and libraries, obtain financing for various projects. They include a $694 million bond issue for Indianapolis Public Schools improvements and a $120 million issue for the Indianapolis Central Public Library.

The Argos native attended Valparaiso University and in 1981 became the first female employee at Umbaugh, a financial firm with offices in Indianapolis, Mishawaka and Lansing, Michigan. She became a partner in 1995. She also served as president of the National Association of Independent Public Financial Advisors in 2011 and 2012.

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