Meet Our Board

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Board of Directors

The CSAC Finance Corporation is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors consisting of: three county supervisors, two county administrative officers, two county agency or department heads, CSAC’s executive director, and three public members.

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Leonard Moty – President

Suburban County Supervisor – Shasta County

Leonard Moty was elected to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors in 2008. Prior, he served as Chief of the Redding Police Department where he worked for 31 years. Leonard currently serves as the County liaison to the CSAC Executive Committee, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency Board of Directors, Sierra-Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical System Board of Directors, Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Governing Board of Directors, County Medical Services Program Board of Directors, and Sacramento River Forum Board of Directors. Leonard has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. In addition, he has his Executive Certificate from the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) and has graduated from the POST Command College and the FBI National Law Enforcement Academy.

Graham Knaus – Vice President

Executive Director – California State Association of Counties

Graham Knaus serves as the Executive Director for the California State Association of Counties (CSAC). Prior to his current role, Graham was the Deputy Executive Director, Operations and Member Services for CSAC. Graham has spent his career working for California Counties including six years with Placer County as the County’s Assistant Director of Health and Human Services and as the County Budget Director. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst for the County Welfare Directors Association and Legislative Advocate for a firm that represents California counties. While in these roles, Graham was a primary strategic advisor for CSAC on the 2013 Health Realignment, and was a principal architect on behalf of counties on the 2011 State Public Safety Realignment. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science/public policy from UC San Diego, and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Jim Erb – Treasurer

Director of Finance – Kings County

Jim Erb has been a licensed certified public accountant since 1993 and has worked in the San Luis Obispo County Auditor-Controller’s Office since 1990. In 2013, Jim was appointed to the department head. When the County Board of Supervisors merged the Office of Auditor-Controller with the Office of Treasurer-Tax Collector in August 2013, Jim became the first County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector-Public Administrator. Jim was raised in Santa Barbara, California. After high school he attended Santa Barbara City College and worked in the health care industry as a paramedic. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1985 with a Business Administration degree, accounting concentration. Upon graduation from Cal Poly, he was recruited by the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller’s Office to work as an internal auditor before eventually coming to work for San Luis Obispo County. He retired as the Auditor-Controller Treasurer/Tax Collector at the end of 2018 but wasn’t ready to retire from his career, taking a new position as the Director of Finance in Kings County. 

Ryan Alsop

County Administrative Officer – Kern County

Ryan Alsop was appointed by the Kern County Board of Supervisors to serve as the County Administrative Officer on January 2, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Alsop served as Assistant Chief Executive Officer for Los Angeles County from 2009 to 2016 and as Director of Government and Public Affairs for Long Beach Water from 2001 to 2009. He has also served as Director of External Affairs for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a private government relations consultant in Washington, D.C., served on the staffs of United States Representative Stephen Horn and California State Senator Ken Maddy, and held government and public affairs positions at the Long Beach Area and Greater Bakersfield Area Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Alsop received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Bakersfield and earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the American University, School of Public Affairs, in Washington, D.C.

Vernon Billy

Public Member – California School Boards Association

Vernon Billy is the CEO and Executive Director of the California School Boards Association. He has been involved in the business, legislative and political process for nearly three decades. Having previously worked for CSBA in the early 1990s as a senior legislative advocate, and as the governmental affairs director for several of the largest school districts in California, he linked his knowledge of education policy with his business interest and operated several successful policy and advocacy firms.

Richard Forster

Rural County Supervisor – Amador County

Richard Forster represents District 2 on the Amador County Board of Supervisors. He has resided in Amador County since 1975 and graduated from Ione High School (1978) and the University of California, Davis (1982) with a degree in Agricultural & Managerial Economics. Richard previously served on the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors for 8 years, the Amador County Fair Board for 17 years, and the Ione Planning Commission.  He is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West #33, the Ione Business & Community Association, the Preston Castle Foundation, the Rotary of Ione, and the Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation Board.

Elba Gonzalez-Mares

Public Member – Children’s Health Initiative Napa County

Elba Gonzalez is the Executive Director of Community Health Initiative Napa County. Her current role requires an array of management skills, including fundraising, finance administration, supervision of staff productivity, program evaluation, and external relationship management. Her collaborative style of working has forged relationships between CHI and other community providers and government departments, advancing our mutual goal of making health coverage affordable and accessible to Napa County’s children, adults, and families. She is on the Board of California Coverage and Health Initiatives and recently appointed chair, a Commissioner with First 5 Napa’s Children and Family Commission. She also works with Bi-National Health Alliance and is on the board of the Napa Valley Community Foundation.

Susan Muranishi

County Administrator – Alameda County

Susan S. Muranishi is County Administrator for Alameda County, CA, serving for the past 24 years as the appointed Chief Executive of a large urban county that currently has more than 9,800 County employees and an annual budget of $3.5 billion. Ms. Muranishi is an Alameda County native and UC Berkeley graduate, who has served in various roles of increasing responsibility during her long tenure with the County. As County Administrator, she has gained a national reputation for strong fiscal management that allows the County to thrive – despite difficult economic times that have challenged local government budgets. Under her leadership, the County recently received the distinction of earning the highest credit ratings among local governments and is one of only two California counties to have AAA ratings from three independent agencies including Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s. Susan is actively engaged in the community and serves on numerous non-profit boards. She has been recognized for her achievements by several local, regional, state and national groups for her leadership, fiscal stewardship and mentorship. She has established award-winning community engagement programs including youth leadership and intern programs and a citizen’s academy; partnerships with the community colleges and universities to offer employees opportunities to earn their degrees; and inducted over 200 women into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame.

William (Billy) Rutland

Public Member – Founder of The Rutland Group

William G. Rutland Jr., the founder of The Rutland Group, is an established and well-respected figure in governmental advocacy. He began his career as a staff member with the California Legislature, working in both the Senate and the Assembly where he served as a Consultant on several legislative committees, including, Finance and Banking, Criminal Justice, and Elections and Reapportionment. During his 20 years of public service he served as a staff member to eight different Assembly members and Senators including both Republicans and Democrats. His career with the California Legislature culminated in his service as the Chief Consultant to Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown, Jr. After leaving the California Legislature, Mr. Rutland joined George R. Steffes, Inc., a multi-state governmental advocacy firm, spending a total of 6 years there working with the firm. In 1996, Mr. Rutland founded his own firm. The Rutland Group has successfully represented clients before Federal agencies, the California Legislature, state regulatory agencies and local government bodies throughout California, offering in all cases an unparalleled level of service and resourcefulness.

Lisa A. Bartlett

Urban County Supervisor – Orange County

Lisa Bartlett began her career in public service when she was first elected to Dana Point City Council in 2006. During her term on the City Council, she served as both Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem for the city. Supervisor Bartlett was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018 to represent the Fabulous Fifth District. She served as Chairwoman of the Board of the Board of Supervisors in 2016 and again in 2019.  In both her public and private life, Supervisor Bartlett is known for supporting projects she believes will improve economic development, property values, and overall quality of life. She brings that prolific vision to the Fifth District and Orange County at large, and is a strong proponent of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and greater transparency in government.In addition to her role on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Lisa represents her constituents on several regional and state boards and commissions. She is Immediate Past-President of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and was recently appointed as At-Large Member to the National Associations of Counties (NACo). She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange County Fire Authority, Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA), South Coast Air Quality Management District, and numerous other boards and commissions.