Mr. Robert (Bob) Adams

City Manager (Retired)

Bob Adams has over 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 has significant expertise in finance, human resources, economic development, and labor relations.

Bob served as the full-time City Manager for the California cities of:

Dinuba (7 years)
Lafayette (8 ½ years)
Manteca (12 years)

In addition, since his retirement, he has accepted assignments as the Interim City Manager of Vallejo, Desert Hot Springs, Lincoln and Tracy. He has also served as Madera Interim Human Resources Director, Vallejo Interim Development Services Director, and Coachella Interim Public Works Director.

Bob received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, 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.

Joya C. De Foor, JD

Independent Financial Consultant

Joya C. De Foor was the founder of De Foor Consulting Solutions, LLC, a financial and management consulting firm and is currently on the Boards of the Southwestern Law School’s Nickel Club,  Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition, California Municipal Financing Authority (alternate),  and California Foundation for Stronger Communities (alternate).

During her extensive finance career, she has been responsible for $10 billion in debt issuance and the management of a $7 billion investment portfolio.  In recognition of her accomplishments, Treasury & Risk magazine named her to its list of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance.

She is the former CFO for the City of Atlanta where she advised the Mayor and City Council on municipal financing, budgeting, treasury activities, accounting, financial policies, and pension reform. Previously, Ms. De Foor served as the Treasurer for Los Angeles, CA and was the City Treasurer & Revenue Officer for Long Beach, CA.

Before joining the City of Long Beach, Ms. De Foor worked in a variety of professional capacities for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority including Assistant Treasurer, then Treasurer. Prior to the MTA, Ms. De Foor was member of Deloitte’s Management Consulting Group, Coldwell Banker, EGS Metro Corporation as Assistant Controller and Panhandle Eastern (now Duke Energy Corporation) as a Project Manager.

In addition to past service as a member of the Government Finance Officers Association’s Executive Board, she has held board, trustee or committee positions with US Bank, the Association for Financial Professionals, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Arts Council of Long Beach, CA.

Ms. De Foor earned a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School where she was a Dean’s Scholar, Dean’s Fellow, a teaching assistant, Vice President of the Black Law Students Association and Treasurer of the American Constitution Society.