Tony Ferrara, President; 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 Department 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 Guard.
Engaged locally, Tony is on the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments board of directors as well as the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District. He is an active volunteer with Arroyo Grande In Bloom, a private, nonprofit beautification organization, and was recently appointed to the 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.
Stephany Aguilar, First Vice President; Council Member, Scotts Valley
Stephany Aguilar has served eighteen years as a council member and three terms as mayor for the city of Scotts Valley. She serves on the Boards of the California Council of Governments, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, League of California Cities and also serves as Director of the League's Monterey Bay Division. Stephany received a Masters’ Degree from San Jose State University in Communication Studies with a minor in Political Science. Stephany is a graduate of the California Civic Leadership Institute, Mayors and Council Members Academy, Great Valley Leadership Institute, Leadership Santa Cruz and Agri-Culture.
Stephany’s professional background includes several years in education and also in personnel and training for a public safety agency. Stephany was recently honored by San Jose State University, Department of Communication Studies with the “Outstanding Alumni Award” where she delivered the convocation speech for the department.
Dennis Michael, Second Vice President; Mayor, Rancho Cucamonga
Dennis Michael began his career as a firefighter with Rancho Cucamonga Fire District in April 1976, promoting through the ranks as Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, and Division Chief. In 1984, he was appointed fire chief, a positon he held until he retired in 2003. During his career, Michael led the development of the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District, as well as guided the organization through the growth and development of a small town into a city of nearly 160,000 residents. Upon retirement, Dennis won his seat on the Rancho Cucamonga City Council in November 2004 and ran for mayor in 2010.
He is actively involved in a number of regional and state boards and committees. Dennis has been recently elected president of San Bernardino County Associated Government (SANBAG) and is a member of SANBAG's General Policy, Metro Valley and Commuter Rail/Transit committees.
Dennis has served on the League of California Cities board of directors since 2010 and is the past president of the League’s Inland Empire Division. He received the prestigious Thalman Award in 2013 in recognition of his dedication to advancing the principles of local government.
José Cisneros, Immediate Past 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.