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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, one county treasurer/tax collector or chief financial officer, one county department head, CSAC’s executive director, two public members, and one representative of a city, special district, or council of governments or retired county employee.
County Administrative Officer – Yuba County
Robert Bendorf began his career with Yuba County in1989, serving in his present position of County Administrative Officer since March, 2006. He started his career with the County in the Sheriff’s department. After leaving the Sheriff’s department, he spent time as an instructor for Yuba College and later held a position in the Health and Human Services Agency before working in the county administrative office. In addition to his county service, he is engaged in the Marysville Kiwanis and serves on the Board of Directors for the Yuba-Sutter United Way. He was appointed to the CSAC Finance Corporation Board of Directors in 2012.
Executive Director – California State Association of Counties
Matthew Cate began serving as the Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) on November 12, 2012, after serving for more than four years, under two governors, as Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. During the Brown administration, Matt also served as Chairman of the Board of State and Community Corrections and the Prison Industry Authority. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he served for four years as the California Inspector General. Prior to becoming California’s Inspector General, he served as a state and local prosecutor. Prior to joining the public sector, he worked as a business litigation attorney with the law firm Downey, Brand, Seymour & Rohwer. Matt earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Linfield College. He is a member of the California State Bar.
Board Member – CSAC Finance Corporation
Les Brown is an original member of the CSAC Finance Corporation Board of Directors having served with us since 1986. He served on the Kings County Board of Supervisors from 1979-1991 and during that time was a member of the California State Association of Counties Board of Directors from 1983-1991; serving as President of the Association in 1986. Other Boards and Committee he has served on include the California Waste Management Board, the State of California Hazardous Materials Council, the San Joaquin Valley Supervisors Association, the Kings County Waste Management Authority, the Kings County Emergency Medical Care Committee, the San Joaquin Valley Health Systems Agency, the Kings County Mental Health Advisory Board, the Kings Area Regional Transportation Commission, and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He holds a BS degree in Education from California State University, Fresno and served in the United States Navy.
County Administrative Officer – Imperial County
Ralph was appointed as County Executive Officer December 2007. He was born in Calexico, CA and attended schools in El Centro, CA. he is a graduate of Central Union High School. Ralph received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California San Diego and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Ralph began his career with the Imperial County in 1992 working for the District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney and was later promoted to Assistant District Attorney. In 2000, he was appointed County Counsel where he served until his appointment as County Executive Officer. Ralph resides in El Centro with his wife Julie and their four (4) children.
Urban County Supervisor – San Diego County
Greg Cox has served on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors since 1995. He began his public service career as a teacher in the Sweetwater Union High School District. He was elected to the Chula Vista City Council and later served two terms as Mayor of Chula Vista. His expertise was tapped by the Governor when he was appointed Director of Local Government for the Office of Planning and Research. Greg has been active with CSAC, having served as President and as Vice Chair of the Urban Counties Caucus. He is the only elected official in California to have been elected by his peers to serve as both the President of the California State Association of Counties and the League of California Cities. He is on the Boards of the Institute of Local Government and the National Association of Counties. His colleagues elected Greg to serve on the board of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Greg has also been elected into leadership with the National Association of Counties (NACO).
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.
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, California 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.
Auditor-‐Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector – San Luis Obispo 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.
Retired – CSAC Finance Corporation
Michael D. Johnson has served on the CSAC Finance Corporation Board of Directors since 1998. He was appointed as County Administrator by the Solano County Board of Supervisors in 1992 and retired from the County in 2011. Just a few of the Boards and Committees he has served on include the Solano Emergency Medical Services Cooperative, the County Administrative Officers’ Association of California, the National Association of Counties, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Sex Offender Management Board, and the National Association of County Administrators. Mike served as the Chief Executive Officer for Shasta County for five years; Assistant County Administrative Officer – IGA in Monterey County for ten years; and Senior Administrative Analyst in San Mateo County for four and a half years. Mike received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of Colorado.
County Administrative Officer – Contra Costa County
David Twa is the County Administrative Officer for Contra Costa County, California managing overall responsibility for 9,500 employees and a total budget of $3.3 Billion ($1.5 Billion General Fund). David received his B.A. Degree from Mankato State University, Minnesota in Accounting, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. Besides being an attorney, his is also a Certified Public Accountant. David served two terms as the Elected County Attorney in Minnesota before moving into County Administration. He also served as a County Manager of Ramsey County, Minnesota (St. Paul) prior to joining Contra Costa County as County Administrator in 2008. David is married and has three adult children. He is also an avid runner who regularly takes part in half marathons
Executive Advisory Committee
Executive Advisory Committee Member
Tom Ford is the retired Treasurer/Tax Collector of Sonoma County, California and worked in the Treasurers Office since 1975. Tom has published numerous articles on financial topics; including financial management, best practices in collection delinquent revenues, government budgeting, deferred compensation, bankruptcy, and the legislative process. Prior to his association with Sonoma County, Mr. Ford worked 11 years in commercial banking, responsible for client servicing, business development, and marketing of pension and investment plans to local businesses. He is a graduate of the California State University – Sonoma and holds an Accounting and Treasury Management Certificate from the University of Southern California. He has served as the Legislative Chair of the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collector (CACTTC). Mr. Ford is a current Board Member of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Financial Services Corporation.
Executive Advisory Committee Member
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President – Solano County
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Executive Advisory Committee Member
Steve Swendiman served on the CSAC FC Board since its inception in 1986 until he departed CSAC in 1995. During his tenure on the Board he served as both Chair and Executive Vice President. Steve made many great contributions to counties as he helped create much of the CSAC Finance Corporation core financial programs as they are today. Steve now heads his own consulting firm and works as a consultant for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Financial Services Center. Prior to his consulting work, he was Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director for NACo Financial Services Center where he was oversaw a joint venture between the NACo and the Davenport-Pitts Group to provide value-added, cost-benefit financial services. Swendiman graduated with a Master’s degree in Education from California State University and Bachelor of Art degree in U.S. History from University of California, Berkeley.