Bill Bogaard, President; Mayor, Pasadena
Bill Bogaard is in his third term as mayor of Pasadena, after taking office in 1999 as the city's first directly elected mayor. The subsequent time has been an active period in the city's history, involving the arrival of the Gold Line light rail transit system, significant investment in new housing, construction of a new convention center, establishment of new arts institutions, and reform of the public schools.
He serves as chair of Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, a technology enterprise incubator and workforce development program, and the Emergency Services Council, City of Pasadena. He is a member of the Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority and the Urban Land Institute.
Bill graduated from Loyola Marymount University. After serving as a US Air Force captain, he graduated from Michigan Law School. He is a board member of the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the Pasadena YMCA. In 1997, the City of Pasadena granted him its highest civic recognition, the Arthur Noble Award.
In the private sector, Bill engaged in private law practice and then served as executive vice president of First Interstate Bancorp. He serves as an arbitrator of business disputes and has taught law at the University of Michigan and USC Law School.
José Cisneros, First Vice President; Treasurer, City and County of San Francisco
José Cisneros is the elected treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco. As treasurer, José serves as the city's banker and chief investment officer, and manages tax and revenue collection for San Francisco. José believes that his role of safeguarding the city's money should extend to all San Franciscans and, as such, he has embarked upon an ambitious financial empowerment agenda since taking office. The most known of these programs is an innovative public-private partnership to bank the unbanked called Bank On San Francisco, launched in 2006. Today Bank On programs are being replicated by nearly 100 cities and states nationwide, spurring the creation of Bank On USA by the US Department of the Treasury.
José has since launched the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment. Its newest initiatives include Kindergarten to College, the first universal matched children's savings account program in a public school system in the country, and CurrenC SF, an employer-focused initiative designed to make electronic pay universal for all workers in San Francisco.
To further this work on a national level, San Francisco joined with New York City to create the Cities for Financial Empowerment coalition, a group of pioneering municipal governments from across the country working to advance innovative financial empowerment initiatives.
Tony Ferrara, Mayor, Arroyo Grande
Tony Ferrara was first elected to the Arroyo Grande City Council in 1998 and has been elected mayor six times since 2002. He has held many leadership positions within the League of California Cities including as board of directors member, president of the Channel Counties Division, president of the Mayors and Council Members Division and chair of the Public Safety Policy Committee.
Tony spent 42 years in law enforcement and emergency management training and planning at the both county and state levels and served for 12 years as a military policeman and helicopter pilot in the Army National Reserves.
Engaged locally, Tony is on the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments board of directors as well as well as the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District. He is an active volunteer with Arroyo Grande In Bloom, a private, non-profit beautification organization, and was recently appointed America in Bloom board of directors, an organization of community beautification organizations nation-wide.
Tony received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands and earned his master’s from the University of Southern California in public administration. Tony is a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honor Society.
Mike Kasperzak, Immediate Past President; Mayor, Mountain View
Mike Kasperzak has served on the Mountain View City Council for eight years, served as mayor in 2003, and was just elected to a new four-year term. During his public service career, Mike has served on the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency Board, the Santa Clara County Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission, and various committees of the Valley Transportation Authority and the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Prior to his service as an officer of the League, Mike served as chair of the League's Revenue & Tax Policy Committee and served a term on both the League board of directors and the board of the Institute for Local Government. He was also chair of the FAIR Steering Committee and chaired the Health Care Task Force of the National League of Cities.
Professionally, Mike is a commercial mediator with Silicon Valley Mediation Group and practiced law for 11 years. Prior to his election to the City Council, he served on both the Planning and Parks and Recreation Commissions. Actively involved in the community, he has chaired the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the local chapter of the American Red Cross, where he also serves as a national management volunteer at Red Cross Headquarters. Mike has served on the boards of the Community School of Music and Arts, Avenidas, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and Lewis and Clark College.