About Rod

Rod GouldRod Gould has successfully managed five cities over 29 years in both northern and southern California.

He has also held leadership roles in the city management profession, including serving as a Vice President of the International City and County Management Association (ICMA), on the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities and as President of the City Managers Department and currently serves as Chair of the boards of the Institute for Local Government and HdL Companies.

Rod retired in January 2015 after 35 years of government service. He is currently teaching, training, consulting, and mentoring within the profession, including:

Chair, Board of Directors, Institute for Local Government, 2004‐2007, 2012‐Present

Chair, Board of Directors, HdL Companies, revenue & econ. development services to local governments, 2017-Present

Senior Partner, Management Partners, management consulting to local governments, 2017-Present

Senior Fellow, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, Advisory Council, Pepperdine University, 2010‐Present

Instructor, Stanford Local Government Summer Institute, 2015-Present; California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), Executive Development Course, 2017-Present; and Pepperdine School of Public Policy Advanced Public Engagement Workshop, 2017-Present

Rod Gould has taught at USC’s Price School of Public Policy, San Francisco State University and California State University Long Beach in the MPA programs and the Stanford Local Government Institute and has served as city manager in residence at Stanford, Pepperdine, USC, Cornell, and Berkeley.

He authors articles for professional publications, lectures at graduate schools, speaks at conferences, provides professional training and consultation, mentors young professionals and has been honored by his peers and various organizations over the years.

Prior to city management, Rod worked as a management consultant for a Big Eight firm and the Boston Housing Authority, served as a VISTA volunteer in the Mission District in San Francisco and worked several summers in Washington, D.C. in the Secretary’s Office of HHS and HEW.

Rod Gould studied public management and finance in graduate school at Harvard University and political science and economics in college at Yale.

He and his spouse Rosaline live in Larkspur, California and have two grown children.

Previous Experience

City Manager of Santa Monica, CA – Jan. 2010 – Jan. 2015
City Manager of Poway, CA – Jan. 2006 – Jan. 2010
City Manager of San Rafael, CA – June 1996 – Dec. 2005
City Manager of Monrovia, CA – Oct. 1991 – June 1996
Assistant City Manager of Walnut Creek, CA – Jan. 1986 – Sep. 1991

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