MEET THE FACULTY

Our faculty are leading experts and practitioners in their field. Instructors include public administration and public policy faculty from the premiere California universities and other institutions, along with extraordinary county practitioners, elected officials, and state and national subject experts comprise the 50+ individuals who serve on the CSAC Institute faculty.

Institute instructors are selected with three criteria in mind:
  • Subject-matter expertise
  • Practical experience with counties or public agencies
  • Practice facilitating adult education
Faculty members receive preparatory coaching and feedback from participants and the Dean after class to help improve instruction and achieve excellence in learning.
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Antenore and AssociatesAngela Antenore
Angela Antenore, M.Ed., combines her background in education and psychology to pursue leadership and organizational effectiveness strategies with her clients. She has a unique back-ground including both international consulting experience as well as hands-on experience as a director, manager, small business owner and educator. In these roles, Ange ...View More
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Careerlink People SolutionsAngela Giacoumis
Angela Giacoumis is the founder and CEO of Careerlink People Solutions (Careerlink) a human resource consultancy specializing in the delivery of workforce, people analytics, learning, coaching, consulting and engagement strategies that drive business performance and results. A successful business leader and entrepreneur Angela is a sought-after ...View More
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University of NebraskaDavid Landis
David Landis is a former Nebraska state senator, an award-winning teacher and a skilled negotiator in the public arena. As a Senator, he chaired the Revenue Committee for the Nebraska Unicameral. Many of the over 250 bills he has passed in twenty-four years in the Unicameral have been consensus measures forged by negotiation that brought contest ...View More
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Napa CountyDiane Dillon
Diane was born and raised in Napa. She is the fifth-generation of her family to live in Napa County, being descended from Connelly Conn, who came to Napa in 1852, to join his uncle John Conn, who had arrived in the mid-1840s and helped Dr. Edward Bale build his mill. Conn Valley and Conn Dam are named for these ancestors of Diane’s. She grew up he ...View More
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Department of FinanceDiane M. Cummins
Diane Cummins is the former Special Advisor to the Governor on State and Local Realignment. She officially retired in late 2008 after a distinguished 31-year career in California government, but was brought back to advise the Governor in an area of her particular expertise. Ms. Cummins was appointed Chief Fiscal Policy Advisor to the President pr ...View More
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 Eric Douglas
Eric Douglas is a principal consultant, president, and founder of Leading Resources Inc. (“LRI”), a consulting firm whose purpose is to develop leaders and leading organizations. Headquartered in Sacramento, LRI’s clients include public agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations in the United States and abroad. LRI focuses on five dimens ...View More
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CSAC InstituteFrank Benest
Until August 2008, Dr. Frank Benest served as the City Manager of Palo Alto, California. Frank is a noted consultant and trainer on rightsizing public organizations, entrepreneurial government, civic engagement, leadership development and succession planning. Prior to his appointment in Palo Alto, Frank served as City Manager in Brea and Colton, ...View More
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 Gage Dungy
Gage Dungy provides management side representation and legal counsel to clients in all matters pertaining to labor and employment law throughout California. This includes both private and public sector employers, including cities, counties, and special districts, among others. Gage is experienced in representing and advising employers on various l ...View More
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Hurst Brooks Espinosa, LLCJean Kinney Hurst
Jean Kinney Hurst brings unique and varied policy expertise in complex state and local fiscal matters. During the past 15 years as a legislative representative for the California State Association of Counties, she developed a reputation as a determined problem-solver, respected advocate, and effective strategist. She has been intimately involved ...View More
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Paragon Government RelationsJoe Krahn
Joe Krahn is a Senior Associate at the Washington, D.C. government relations firm of Waterman & Associates. Mr. Krahn has over 13 years of federal lobbying experience, with expertise in local government advocacy in both the legislative and regulatory arenas. Since 1996, he has served as one of Waterman & Associates’ chief advocates for the Calif ...View More
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Emotous at IntersectJohn Dare
John brings over 25 years of experience transforming and building businesses and cultures to thrive through accelerating change, including deep expertise in emotional intelligence, neuroscience and people analytics. John is a Silicon Valley veteran, where he co-founded Dissero Partners, a world-class transformation consultancy, which later sold t ...View More
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Contra Costa CountyJohn Gioia
John Gioia is a member of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors. First elected in 1998, John has been overwhelmingly re-elected five times and represents 210,000 residents in the western most urban and diverse area of the county. He previously served for 10 years on the East Bay Municipal Utility District Board, serving as President in 1995 and 19 ...View More
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Monterey CountyJohn Mineau
Undersheriff John Mineau has over 26-years of law enforcement experience. Mineau joined the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office in 2016 as the Chief Deputy of the Corrections Operations Bureau. In that role, Mineau was responsible for managing the Monterey County Jail, Transportation Division, and Court Security of all facilities of the Superior C ...View More
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WeWill, Inc.Laree Kiely
Laree was born on February 27th in Fort Collins, Colorado. She’s the granddaughter of a train robber and daughter to a couple of very nice, childlike parents who hated school. Seeing education as a vehicle, she put herself through undergrad at the University of Colorado as The Lady Barber. She slapped a magnetic sign on the side of her roommate’s ...View More
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Liberty Consulting TeamLarry Liberty
Larry is the first person in his family to have the privilege of a college education. He left University California Davis and went to Brazil as a Peace Corps volunteer for 15 months working with extreme poverty and illiteracy in small towns and in Rio de Janeiro. He completed a Master's Degree and later a Ph.D. in pursuit of understanding how indi ...View More
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 Laura Lindal
Laura Lindal, CPA, has more than 25 years of experience in auditing concentrating on audits performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and single audits (also referred to as A-133 audits). In addition to spending those 25 years performing audits, she also works with auditees preparing for audits and with auditors and their firms t ...View More
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Professor at California State University SacramentoMary Kirlin
Dr. Kirlin is a consultant working with organizations and individuals on a range of topics including strategic planning, performance management, organizational capacity assessments, policy framing and execution, and executive coaching. She was an associate professor in the department of Public Policy and Administration at California State Univers ...View More
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Yolo CountyPatrick Blacklock
Patrick is a graduate of UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Managerial Economics and a Master of Agriculture and Management. From 2008-2010 Patrick served as the volunteer President of UC Davis’ alumni association, the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. Patrick began his professional career with the California Cattlemen’s Associatio ...View More
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Ventura CountyPaul Stamper
Paul Stamper is the Deputy Executive Officer for the County of Ventura, California. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Blackbelt who leads the County-wide efforts in continuous process improvement known as the Service Excellence Program. This program has resulted in over $31 million dollars in savings, over 1,000 improvements, and increased customer se ...View More
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 Ram Kapoor
Ram Kapoor is Chief Marketing Officer for the University of California, Berkeley, a role that he has held since he moved here from Asia in November 2011. Ram launched the first brand platform for Berkeley in 2013, followed by a completely revamped website and digital guidelines system for campus in 2015. He recently launched the first brand campai ...View More
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