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With Act 121 of 2014, the South Carolina Legislature established the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office (RFA) by restructuring three entities within the Budget and Control Board (BCB) and placing them under the direction of the three appointed members of the Board of Economic Advisors.  The three entities that were separated from the BCB included the Board of Economic Advisors (BEA), the Office of Research and Statistics (ORS), and a portion of the Office of State Budget (OSB).  Currently, RFA consists of three new divisions and multiple programs:  Mapping and Operations which consists of Precinct Demographics, Geodetic Survey, Wireless E-911, Business Operations, and Information Technology Services; Fiscal Analysis which consists of the Board of Economic Advisors, Budget Development, and Economic Research; and Health and Demographics which consists of Development, Health Resources, Online Analytics, and Statistics.  Through the various programs, RFA is responsible for providing a diverse set of fiscal and statistical analysis and services and reports for the Governor, General Assembly, state and local government entities, and the private sector.


History of Members of the Board of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office


(Appointed by the Governor)

photo of Edward B. Grimball

Edward B. Grimball

Edward Grimball was appointed Chair of the Board of Economic Advisors in March 2017. He spent much of his professional life in the financial services industry previously serving as Chief Financial Officer of a Nasdaq multi-state, diversified Bank Holding Company headquartered in New Orleans. Concurrently, he was Chief Executive Officer of a publicly traded company engaged in oil and gas exploration and real estate management in southern Louisiana. Prior to this, he was Controller and Corporate Secretary of an interstate bank based in Atlanta, Board member of a captive insurance company located in Bermuda, and senior manager and consultant with a “Big 8” accounting firm in its Columbia and Washington, DC offices. Most recently in the state of Maine, he served as consulting CFO of a listed diversified bank holding company and as CFO and Board member of a start-up company that developed and markets worldwide a hand held water purification device using ultraviolet light and solar energy.
Mr. Grimball is a graduate of The Citadel, received an MBA from the University of Virginia, is a CPA licensed in the State of South Carolina, and served overseas as a Captain in the United States Army.


(Appointed by the Chairman of House Ways & Means Committee)

photo of H. Howell Clyborne, Jr

H. Howell Clyborne, Jr

Mr. Clyborne is the former Vice President of Public Affairs with the Greenville Health System (GHS).  Immediately prior to this, Mr. Clyborne served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Governor of South Carolina. Mr. Clyborne served as a member of the South Carolina State Legislature from 1986 to 1994. During his tenure with the legislature, he served on the Judiciary and Ways and Means Committees, as the Republican Leader of the House, and as co-chair of the Urban Caucus. He also served on the University Trustee Screening Committee and on the Historical Conference Committee, which was responsible for the restructuring of state government. In 1994, Mr. Clyborne served as a member of the South Carolina Tax Commission. In February 2002, he was elected as the Fourth Congressional District Department of Transportation Commissioner. 
Howell received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg in 1980.  He began his career in the area of law enforcement, serving as a police officer with both city and county police agencies from 1975 to 1980.  


(Appointed by the Chairman of Senate Finance Committee)

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Emerson F. Gower, Jr.

Emerson Gower retired as the Vice-President of the Southern region of Progress Energy (formerly CP&L) on July 1, 2009, with 38 years of service. He began his career at Progress Energy in 1970 in residential and commercial sales. In 1975, he was named Assistant to Chairman of the Board. From 1981-1986, Mr. Gower worked in various management positions in North Carolina. In 1990, Mr. Gower was named District Manager in S.C. and elected a corporate vice president in 1993, responsible for customer service and operations in SC and Central NC. January 2010 through July of 2012, Mr. Gower was on staff of Francis Marion University as Executive in Residence. Mr. Gower has served on and chaired the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, Chairman; the SC Governor’s School for Science and Math, President; and the SC Research Authority, Executive Committee as well as numerous other local and statewide boards. He is the recipient of prestigious state and community awards to include the Order of the Palmetto (2009) and Business Leader of the Year – South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (2009). 
Emerson received a Bachelor of Science from Campbell University and holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from Francis Marion University and Coker College. He currently resides in Georgetown, SC with his wife.


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Frank Rainwater

Frank Rainwater was appointed Executive Director of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office beginning with the agency’s inception on July 1, 2014.  His career covers a diverse field of economic and legal experience.  Prior to his appointment, Frank served as Chief Economist and Assistant General Counsel to the South Carolina Budget & Control Board where he provided economic and revenue forecasts, fiscal analysis of tax law changes, and legal advice to board programs.  Frank previously served as Deputy State Treasurer and General Counsel where he focused primarily on financial and management issues for the state and its agencies.  Through this position, he also provided assistance to the State Board of Financial Institutions, county treasurers, and the state student loan program.  Frank also served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Legal Counsel in the Governor’s Office for state budget and policy matters.  His other experience includes serving as a vice president at Denmark Technical College and Assistant Director of the Office of State Budget.  Frank began his career by working as a research analyst for the South Carolina General Assembly for the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committees, the SC Tax Commission, and the SC Board of Economic Advisors. 
Frank is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and graduate of Lower Richland High School.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University, Master of Arts in Economics from the University of South Carolina, and Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.




Operations and Mapping:    Paul Athey, Division Director
   Business Services:                    Morgan O’Donnell, Section Manager
   Communications: Ken Harris, Communications Manager
   Geodetic Survey:Matt Wellslager, Section Manager
   Information Technology:Donald Roper, Section Manager
   Strategic Operations: Sandra Kelly, Strategic Operations Manager
   Wireless E-911:David Morrison, Section Manager

Fiscal Analysis:                      Lisa Jolliff, Division Director
   Board of Economic Advisors:    Robert Martin, Chief Economist
   Budget Development: Allyn Powell, Budget Director
   Economic Research: Gordon Shuford, Section Manager

Health and Demographics:   David Patterson, Division Director
   Development: Laura Kelley, Section Manager
   Health Resources:                     Byron Kirby, Section Manager
   Online Analytics: Elizabeth Hall, Section Manager
   Privacy Compliance: Tracy Smith, Privacy Officer
   Projects: Sarah Crawford, Project Manager
   Statistics: Chris Finney, Section Manager

   Precinct Demographics:            Will Roberts, Section Manager