Beth Downes
"School finance in Minnesota can be complicated, and I love to be able to help our clients navigate that challenge and provide the best service for their students and communities."

Beth Downes

Municipal Advisor
Beth Downes

Beth is a Municipal Advisor with our School Finance Team. She brings nearly two decades of public finance experience to her role with the firm, most recently serving as the Director of Business Services for ROCORI school district.  Prior to that, she worked as a Business Manager with Holdingford Public Schools and a governmental audit supervisor with a private firm.  Beth holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the College of St. Benedict.

Beth lives in St. Joseph with her blended family and pet Yorkie. When she’s not working, Beth and her husband Mike spend most of their time dashing between their five kids’ activities such as hockey, dance, football, baseball and softball.  When they do get a little free time for themselves, they like to sneak in a bit of volleyball or pickleball.

Focus Areas

Property Tax Impact Analysis
Operating Referendum Planning & Support
Capital Project Levy Support
Truth in Taxation Hearing Presentations
Lease Levy Approval
School Finance

Licenses & Certifications

Certified Public Accountant
Series 50 License: Municipal Advisor Representative

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Association of School Business Officials (MASBO)
Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)


Bachelor of Science, Accounting – College of St. Benedict

Community Involvement

Girls Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes & Pines – Volunteer