As Colorado's State Auditor, Dianne E. Ray is responsible for overseeing independent audits and reviews that hold government agencies accountable and promote positive change in government. As head of the Office of the State Auditor (OSA), Dianne leads a staff of experienced professionals who conduct performance, financial, and IT audits and evaluations and track independent audits of local governments in the state. Under Dianne’s leadership as State Auditor, the Office has received 14 national awards for audits and evaluations.
Dianne was first unanimously appointed by the General Assembly to the position of State Auditor in May 2011 for a five year term and was unanimously reappointed in April 2016 for an additional five years. She has specialized in governmental accounting and auditing for more than 25 years. Dianne possesses in-depth knowledge of Colorado's state and local governments.
Dianne has extensive experience in senior-level management positions and has been recognized for her innovative leadership style. In 2012, the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants named Dianne as one of three “Women to Watch” in the Experienced Leader category. In May 2015, the University of Colorado-Denver's School of Public Affairs awarded Dianne the 2015 Leo Reithmeyer Award for the Top Public Administrator in Colorado. In August 2016, the President of the National Association of State Auditors, Controllers, and Treasurers named Dianne as recipient of the annual President's Award. In June 2020, she was awarded the William L. Snodgrass Distinguished Leader Award by the National State Auditors' Association.
In June 2020, Dianne was appointed to serve a 5-year term on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, beginning July 1, 2020. In 2016, Dianne was appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to serve a 4-year term (2016-2020) on the Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards, which includes experts from federal, state, and local government; the private sector; and academia to review and recommend necessary changes to standards that guide the government auditing profession. In 2018, Dianne was appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to serve on the Domestic Working Group, a forum for members to discuss topics of mutual interest, address common concerns, and promote collaborative efforts in the accountability community in the U.S.
Dianne served as the President of the National State Auditors Association for the 2015-2016 term. Dianne is also a member of the Board of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Chair of the Audit Committee, and former Board Chair.
Prior to becoming the State Auditor, Dianne served as the OSA’s Deputy State Auditor primarily responsible for the financial audit of the State of Colorado. Dianne began her career at the OSA in 2002 as Director of the Local Government Audit Division. Prior to joining the OSA, Dianne worked in local governments for 15 years, including as Director of Finance and Administration for the City of Louisville, Colorado.
Dianne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Colorado and Arizona.
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