John R. Baracy has over 20 years of public finance experience and has experience in all facets of the municipal finance business. He currently specializes in the management, structuring and underwriting of California K-12 new money and refunding general obligation bonds, certificates of participation/leases, Mello-Roos bonds, and tax and revenue anticipation notes. Throughout his career, he has completed more than 500 financings totaling over $9 billion.
Most notably, John pioneered Build America Bond (BAB) crossover refundings for his California K-12 clients and implemented general obligation stepped coupon bonds as a cost-effective alternative to Capital Appreciation Bonds (CABS), saving taxpayers millions of dollars in debt service costs. John also serves on the board of directors for the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH). As a board member, he advocates legislation on behalf of California K-12 school districts. He has contributed positive changes benefiting California K-12 school districts to significant school finance bills such as AB 182 (2013) and the effort to amend the unintended consequences of AB 195 (2017). John received a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and is registered with FINRA Series 7, Series 50 and 63 security licenses.