Stephany Aguilar, 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, First 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, Dennis 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.
JoAnne Mounce, Second Vice President; Council Member, Lodi
JoAnne Mounce was first elected to the Lodi City Council in 2004 and has since been appointed twice as mayor. She has held many positions within the League of California Cities, including member of the Board of Directors, two time president of the Central Valley Division, member of Administrative Services Policy Committee and member of the Audit Committee. JoAnne has also gathered signatures and raised funds for the League sponsored ballot measures.
JoAnne has spent 30 years in the accounting and tax management industry. As a small business owner, she focused on business start-ups and assisted many San Joaquin County businesses untangle governmental compliance. For the past 10 years, she has managed Dougherty CPAs, Inc. This Stockton based accountancy firm specializes in business taxation. JoAnne develops management systems, sells service packages, prepares complex tax returns and provides direction for future growth of the firm.
Engaged locally, JoAnne has served on the Lodi Youth Commission, the San Joaquin Council of Government, and the League of California Cities as a liaison. As a third generation Lodian, she is an active volunteer with LRWF Unit, the Lodi Historical Society and many other community organizations.
JoAnne earned her Accounting Certificate from South Lake Tahoe Community College and her Associate in Arts Degree, with honors, from San Joaquin Delta College. She now spends extensive time on continuing education related to tax and ethics courses.
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.
Chris McKenzie, Executive Director, League of California Cities
Chris McKenzie was appointed in 1999 as only the sixth executive director of the League of California Cities, the private nonprofit corporation founded in 1898 that advocates for cities before the Legislature, Governor, and federal and state courts as well as in statewide ballot measure elections. The League also provides extensive training and education services to city officials. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, McKenzie holds a masters degree in urban planning as well as a law degree. His over 30-year career includes stints as a local and state government administrator and attorney as well as statewide association work. He reports to the 52-member League board of directors, comprised of city officials from all regions of the state.