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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.

Oscar Villegas – President

Suburban County Supervisor – Yolo County

Since February 2014, Oscar Villegas has served as the Yolo County Supervisor for District 1 and was recently re-elected for a third term. During his tenure on the Board of Supervisors, he has served on the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Protection Commission, California State Association of Counties (CSAC)/League of California Cities Joint Homelessness Task Force, CSAC’s Housing, Land Use and Transportation Committee, National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors, Yolo Bypass Partnership, and the Yolo County Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Agricultural Labor. Supervisor Villegas has demonstrated a longstanding dedication to public service. He previously served on the West Sacramento City Council for fourteen years (2000 – 2014) during a time of significant growth for the City and helped to develop a smart policy and management agenda resulting in vast improvements in housing, retail, infrastructure, recreation and transportation.

Graham Knaus – Vice President

Chief Executive Officer – 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.

Ryan Alsop Treasurer

County Administrative Officer – Napa County

Ryan Alsop was appointed by the Napa County Board of Supervisors to serve as the County Executive Officer on June 13, 2023. Prior to his appointment, in 2017 Mr. Alsop served as Kern County Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to that, he 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.

Kathryn Barger

Urban County Supervisor – Los Angeles County

Supervisor Kathryn Barger proudly serves the residents of Los Angeles County’s 5th District – LA County’s largest district), – spanning 2,785 square miles, including 20 cities and 83 unincorporated communities, in the San Fernando, Antelope, San Gabriel, Crescenta, and Santa Clarita Valleys. Dedicated to providing effective, responsive representation to the residents of Los Angeles County, Kathryn began her career in public service as a college intern in the office of former Supervisor Antonovich and rose to become his chief deputy in 2001, where she served until her election to the Board of Supervisors in 2016. She served as Chair of the Board and was reelected for her second term in 2020. Kathryn serves on the boards of Metrolink, – (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority), North County Transportation Coalition, High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority, National Association of Counties’ Large Urban County Caucus, Southern California Association of Governments, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, California State Association of Counties, Local Agency Formation Commission, and Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission.

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.

Matthew Jennings

Treasurer/Tax-Collector Riverside County

Matthew Jennings serves as the Treasurer-Tax Collector for the County of Riverside.  In this capacity, he is responsible for a department consisting of 100 employees spread across 4 locations throughout the county.  As the Treasurer-Tax Collector, Mr. Jennings is responsible for the billing and collection of $4 billion annually in property taxes.  In addition, he oversees the approximate $8 billion Treasurer’s Pooled Investment Fund, which continues to maintain the highest attainable AAA rating by Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service. As County Treasurer, Jennings also serves as the ex-officio Treasurer of all school and community college districts, managing nearly $15 billion in annual receipts and disbursements.  Matt serves on various boards and commissions including the County of Riverside Debt Advisory Committee, County of Riverside Pension Advisory Review Committee, and the County of Riverside Investment Oversight Committee.  In addition, Jennings has been very active in the California Association of County Treasurer-Tax Collectors (CACTTC).

Leonard Moty

Public Member – Shasta County

Leonard Moty was elected to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors in 2008 and retired in 2021. Leonard currently serves as Chairman of the Sacramento River Forum Board of Directors as well as Chairman of the Bureau of Land Management’s Northern California Resource Advisory Council. Prior, he served as Chief of the Redding Police Department where he worked for 31 years. Leonard has also served 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, and County Medical Services Program 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.

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.

Jack Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM

Director Department of Purchasing & Contracting County of San Diego

Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contracting for the County of San Diego, which is the 2nd most populous county in California and the 5th in the United States, serving over 3.3 million residents. Jack has four decades of Government contracting, procurement, and supply chain management experience, leading diverse contracting, procurement, and pricing staff teams in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector, supporting a wide range of government customers. He is an adjunct lecturer and Managing Director of the Supply Chain Management Institute at the University of San Diego (USD). Jack is a Past President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO) and currently serves as a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) and the NIGP-Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP) Program. Recently, Jack joined the National Association of Counties – Public Promise Procurement Advisory Board, which was formed to strengthen public entities purchasing power, providing best-in-class cooperative contracts for goods and services for public agencies. Jack holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas; a Master of Science degree in Procurement & Acquisition Management from Northrop University (Northrop Rice Aviation Institute); and an Advanced Specialization in Government Contract Management from UCLA.

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.