Samuel L. Smalls is a Senior Vice President in George K. Baum & Company’s Sacramento, CA, office. Mr. Smalls entered the municipal finance industry in 1991 and has worked as a municipal advisor, issuer and investment banker over the course of his career. Mr. Smalls has worked with a variety of municipal issuers and sectors, including general government (state, city and county), airports, transportation, utilities, higher education, non-profits, housing, K-12 school districts and tobacco securitization finance.
Prior to joining GKB, Mr. Smalls was a Managing Director with Jefferies LLC’s Municipal Securities Group, assisting public sector clients throughout the western region with their infrastructure financing needs. Since March of 2000, Mr. Smalls has served as an investment banker to a host of California municipal clients, structuring more than $20 billion as a senior or co-senior manager and more than $163 billion as a co-manager.
Mr. Smalls has held the roles of Managing Director with Depfa First Albany Securities LLC, Senior Vice President with M.R. Beal & Company, Executive Director of the California Pollution Control Finance Authority, Assistant Vice President/Associate Director of Planning, Policy and Research with the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Senior Managing Consultant with Public Financial Management.
Mr. Smalls holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Social Studies from Harvard College. He is involved with alumni services and local student recruitment for Harvard College Admissions, serves as Board Member and Chair of Program Committee for Alternative Family Services (a foster family agency), and is on the community service committee for the Merryhill Midtown Parent Teacher Student Organization.