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State Controller

Catherine Byrne, CPA

Catherine has worked her entire career in accounting, tax and audit work for a variety of public and private companies, not-for-profit and government entities. She is an expert in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

While working and raising a family, Catherine persevered to complete her education, and in 1997 she graduated from California Lutheran University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She gained experience with audits of public companies and earned her California CPA license in 2000. She is experienced in human resource management, payroll and accounts payable; debt collection and accounts receivable; federal grants and contracts accounting; major systems implementations and financial reporting using standards established by FASB and GASB. She is currently licensed in California and Nevada.

In 2012, she started working for the Nevada State Controller’s Office in the financial reporting section which prepares the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). In her position, she was responsible for monitoring the financial transactions of several large agencies in the State.

She is a member of the Association of Government Accountants, the Government Finance Officers Association and the National Association of State Controllers. She is a member of AFSCME and is Treasurer of local 4041 Sierra Range Chapter. She is a 2017 graduate of Emerge Nevada.

Catherine was born in San Diego, California. Her father served in the United States Coast Guard and her mother is a retired nurse. After her father retired, the family settled in Oxnard, California where she lived for over 35 years. She moved to Nevada in 2011.

Catherine was elected Nevada State Controller on November 6, 2018, winning 51% of the vote. She ran against her boss, the incumbent Ron Knecht.

Catherine has one son who is serving in the United States Air Force. He is stationed in Washington D.C. In her spare time, you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her two dogs along the Truckee River in downtown Reno.