Lori Cooke is the Budget Manager for Washoe County. She began her career with the county in 1999 and has worked in various county departments.
Lori’s education includes a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada (UNR) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oregon State University. Lori also earned her Certified Grants Management Specialist credential from the National Grants Management Association.
Washoe County Budget Program
The Budget Team provides strategic information services for three broad types of decisions:
- Policy Decisions: the Budget Team provides information on the financial implications of policy choices. Particular attention is placed on analyzing the financial risks and rewards of different policy options.
- Budget & Financial Administration Requirements: the Budget Team provides information on the budget and financial administration requirements related to decisions impacting the budget. This service provides checks and balance as well as oversight, which helps ensure actions taken are prudent and consistent with those requirements. These may be the requirements of state law, county code, or Board policy.
- Budget Adoption & Management: the Budget Team provides information to assist departments in planning current and future resource needs. At the same time, the Budget Team develops countywide budget information and analysis for County Management and the Board on making strategic resource allocation and financial planning decisions consistent with state financial administration requirements. Once the budget is adopted, the service objective is to provide information to assist managing the budget in a manner that responds to changing conditions and needs while consistent with the sound use of resources and legal requirements.
Budget Team Contacts:
The Washoe County budget contains 21 governmental funds, and 6 proprietary and internal service funds with expenditures of over $650 million. For questions regarding the Washoe County budget please call 775.328.2072.