José Cisneros, 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, First Vice 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 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 Guard.
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, 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.
Katherine Miller, Second Vice President; Council Member, Stockton
Katherine Miller is serving her second term on the Stockton City Council. She was elected in November 2008 and 2012 to represent Council District 2, in north Stockton. Since her election, Kathy has served the residents of Stockton as Vice Mayor (2009 – 2012) and has represented Stockton on the San Joaquin Council of Governments, Regional Rail Commission, Groundwater Banking Authority, Library & Literacy Foundation and the Stockton Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.
Kathy moved to Stockton from Seattle in 1997 and founded an interior design firm, Bonniebrook Interiors. In 2004, she became the Executive Director for the Downtown Stockton Alliance, a property-based business improvement district, a position she held for more than four years.
Kathy currently serves on the Delta Protection Commission and is chair of the San Joaquin Delta Coalition. In 2009 and 2011, Kathy was elected to the League of California Cities Board of Directors as an At-Large Director. She is a founding member of the Women’s Caucus and has served on the League’s Nominating Committee and Environmental Quality Policy Committee.
Bill Bogaard, Immediate Past 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.