Mr. Robert (Bob) Adams
Bob Adams has approximately 40 years of experience in local government management. In addition to a broad understanding of all city services, he has expertise in change management, sharing and consolidating services, public/private partnerships, performance management, team development, goal setting and civic engagement. Bob also has significant expertise in finance, human resources, economic development, and labor relations.
Mr. Adams served as City Manager for the California cities of Dinuba, Lafayette, Manteca, Vallejo and Desert Hot Springs. He has also served as a Human Resources Director on an interim basis for the cities of Visalia and Madera.
Mr. Adams received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in Criminology. He also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University.
Ms. Paula Connors
Manager, Bond Finance, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (Retired)
Paula Connors has spent over 35 years in local and state government advocating and facilitating economic development and public benefit projects. Ms. Connors has served the state in many capacities including at the California State Treasurer’s Office and with the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank). She has also served in multiple roles in both Orange County and Riverside County supporting local government and also as the California Enterprise Development Authority’s first Executive Director. Ms. Connors’ expertise is in the areas of community development, economic development, non-profit finance and public finance.
Ms. Connors has a BA in political science with honors from the University of California, Riverside and numerous professional certificates and advance coursework.
Mr. Justin McCarthy
Assistant City Manager, City of Palm Desert (Retired)
Justin McCarthy served four southern California cities in various capacities over a twenty-nine year career. Justin’s expertise is in the areas of redevelopment, economic development, affordable housing, community development and public finance. His experience includes the implementation of public-private projects and economic development projects totaling $2 billion in value.
Mr. McCarthy has a BA in political science and an MPA from California State University, Long Beach.
Ms. Deborah Moreno
Finance Director/City Treasurer, City of Anaheim, CA
Deborah Moreno is the Finance Director/City Treasurer for the City of Anaheim, California, where she plans and coordinates activities for the city’s finance department. She administers the citywide budget of more than $1.7 billion and oversees the city’s investment portfolio of more than $400 million. Previously, she served the City of La Palma as Director of Finance.
Ms. Moreno has significant expertise in improving municipal finance processes, especially in successful implementation of innovative technology solutions. She also serves CSU-Fullerton as a guest lecturer on financial management for the school’s public sector leadership program.
Ms. Moreno has a BS in administration-accounting from California State University, San Bernardino and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-inactive).
Ms. Faye K. Watanabe
Administrative Manager of Public Finance (Retired) – County of Orange
Faye K. Watanabe recently retired as the Administrative Manager of the County of Orange, County Executive Office, Public Finance which issues and administers long term debt issued by the County and affiliated issuers. Ms. Watanabe has worked with the County of Orange in various management capacities within public finance, housing and community development and redevelopment for over 25 years.
Ms. Watanabe holds a BA in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.