Rod Gould has received multiple honors and awards over a long career as a city manager. He has been recognized by organizations such as ICMA and Cal-ICMA, the Municipal Management Association of Northern California and the League of California Cities. Read below for more information on Rod’s educational and professional background and his numerous accomplishments during his service as a California city manager.


Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government – 1984-85
Master’s Degree, Public Administration

Harvard University Graduate School of Education – 1981-82
Master’s Degree, Education

Yale University – 1975-79
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics & Political Science

Continuing Professional Education

Senior Executive Institute, University of Virginia – 2002

Berkeley Executive Seminar, Goldman School of Public Policy – 2001

Stone & Youngberg Fellow, Executive In Residence, UC Berkeley – 2000

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 ICMA Distinguished Service Award
  • ICMA Credentialed Manager 2008 – Present
  • 2015 Community Excellence Award
    Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
  • 2014 Cal‐ICMA Ethics Hall of Fame Award
  • 2011 Wes McClure City Manager of Distinction Award
    League of California Cities
  • 2011 California State PTA Honorary Service Award
    California State PTA
  • 2011 Santa Monica Jaycees Outstanding Supporter Award
    Santa Monica Jaycees
  • 2009 International Communicator Awards ‐ Gold Award of Excellence
    Communicator Awards
  • 2008 South Poway Residents Association Community Leadership Award
    South Poway Residents Association
  • 2004 City Managers Department Award for the Advancement of Diverse Communities
    League of California Cities
  • 1996 “Citizen of the Year” Community Service Award
    Monrovia Chamber of Commerce
  • 1994 Monrovia Community Service Award
  • 1991 “Outstanding Assistant City Manager” Award
    Municipal Management Association of Northern California