Rod 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 on the boards of the Institute for Local Government, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University, and SAGE Publication’s “State and Local Government Review.”
Rod retired in January 2015 after 35 years of government service. He is currently teaching, training, consulting, and mentoring within the profession, including.
Adjunct Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, 2016-18
Guest Lecturer, University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University MPA programs
Senior Partner, Management Partners, management consulting to local governments, Present
Director, HdL Companies, revenue & econ. development services to local governments, Present
Director of Training, Center for Public Safety Management, LLC, 2016-Present
Senior Fellow, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, Advisory Council, Pepperdine University, 2010‐Present
Consultant, “Home for All” – San Mateo County, community engagement for housing, Present
Instructor, Stanford Local Government Summer Institute, 2015-2018; California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), Executive Development Course, 2017-2018; and Pepperdine School of Public Policy Advanced Public Engagement Workshop, 2017
Consultant to Local Governments: team building, strategic visioning, council workshops, and leadership development – Cities of Napa, Palos Verde Estates and County of Marin, 2015-17
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.
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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