Tom L. Kaleko

Tom L. Kaleko

Principal, CIPMA · +1 (816) 333-7294

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Tom Kaleko, principal at Baker Tilly, has advised local governments for more than 30 years.

Tom leads Baker Tilly's municipal advisory professionals in Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and Wisconsin. He has provided financial advice to cities, counties and school districts since 2005. Previously, he served for 20 years in various city management capacities. Tom has extensive experience helping high-growth communities address their capital needs. He specializes in the areas of economic development and development finance – aiding in the evaluation and financing of mutually beneficial public-private partnerships.

Registered Municipal Advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • General obligation, special obligation, lease revenue and utility revenue bonds
  • Development finance
  • Economic development
  • High growth communities
  • Complex issue presentation


  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
  • Kansas Association of City/County Management (KACM)
  • Missouri City/County Management Association (MCMA)
  • Kansas Government Finance Officers Association (KSGFOA)
  • Missouri Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA-MO)

Thought leadership

  • “Due Diligence and Risk Management Measures for Economic Development Incentive Approvals”; Missouri Municipal Review; with Joe Lauber, Lauber Municipal Law
  • “Discovering the Possible, Collaborative Capital Financing in Kansas;” presentation to the Midwest Regional Public Finance Conference
  • “Fundamentals of Municipal Bonds;” presentation to the Public Risk Management Association
  • “Municipal Bond Continuing Disclosure;” presentation to the Southwest Missouri Government Finance Officers Association
  • “Tax Increment Financing Districts and Transportation Development Districts;” presentation to the League of Kansas Municipalities
  •  “Evaluating Economic Development Proposals;” presentation to the Missouri Municipal League
  • “Priority Base Budgeting;” presentation to the Kansas Government Finance Officers Association
  • “Financing Capital Improvements in Missouri;” presentation to the Southwest Missouri City Clerks/Finance Officers Association
  • “Basic Questions/Foundations for Incentives;” presentation to the Missouri Economic Development Council

Continuing professional education

  • Certified Independent Professional Municipal Advisor (CIPMA)




University of Kansas – Lawrence
Master of public administration

University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Bachelor of business administration

Tom's upcoming events


Virtual KSGFOA Public Finance Conference 2020