Board of Directors

Mark Saladino
Treasurer/Tax Collector
Los Angeles County

Mark Saladino has been a CSAC Finance Corporation Director since January 2010 and has been the Los Angeles County Treasurer-Tax Collector since April 1998. He serves as a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Employees’ Retirement Association, and a Director of the Los Angeles County Housing Development Corporation. Formerly served as a Principal Deputy County Counsel for Los Angeles County (1990-98), and was engaged in the private practice of law at major firms in New York and Los Angeles (1982-90). Holds a BS degree in Finance (with High Honors) from the University of Illinois, and a JD degree from New York University. Frequent public speaker on public finance and investments; drafted two California statutes; authored two articles published in law journals; and has testified before committees of the California Legislature and the United States Congress. Admitted to practice law in the States of New York, California, and the District of Columbia.

Vice President
Larry Spikes
County Administrative Officer
Kings County
Larry Spikes has been employed by Kings County since 1981, serving in his present position of County Administrative Officer since November, 1993. He started his career with the County in the Auditor-Controller’s office, working as an Accountant for five years before transferring to Administration as a Deputy County Administrative Officer, a position he held from 1986 to 1993. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the California State University, Fresno in 1981 and 1992, respectively. Larry is one of former Governor Pete Wilson’s four appointee’s to represent counties on the Trial Court Funding Task Force on Court Employees and is presently serving on Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s Court Facilities Working Group. He is also CSAC’s representative on the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and served as President of the County Administrative Officer’s Association of California from October, 2002 through October, 2003. Additionally, he was appointed in 2008 as a Board Member for the CSAC Finance Corporation, and was recently elected to a CAO’s position on the County Medical Services Program Governing Board. He is a member of the Hanford Rotary Club and is also on the Board of the Disabled American Veterans Charities of Central California.

Les Brown

Public Member

Les Brown is an original member of the CSAC Finance Corporation Board of Directors having served with us since 1986. He served on the Kings County Board of Supervisors from 1979-1991 and during that time was a member of the California State Association of Counties Board of Directors from 1983-1991; serving as President of the Association in 1986. Other Boards and Committee he has served on include the California Waste Management Board, the State of California Hazardous Materials Council, the San Joaquin Valley Supervisors Association, the Kings County Waste Management Authority, the Kings County Emergency Medical Care Committee, the San Joaquin Valley Health Systems Agency, the Kings County Mental Health Advisory Board, the Kings Area Regional Transportation Commission, and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He holds a BS degree in Education from California State University, Fresno and served in the United States Navy.

Robert Bendorf
County Administrative Officer
Yuba County

Robert Bendorf began his career with Yuba County in1989, serving in his present position of County Administrative Officer since March, 2006. He started his career with the County in the Sheriff's department. After leaving the Sheriff's department, he spent time as an instructor for Yuba College and later held a position in the Health and Human Services Agency before working in the county administrative office. In addition to his county service, he is engaged in the Marysville Kiwanis and serves on the Board of Directors for the Yuba-Sutter United Way. He was appointed to the CSAC Finance Corporation Board of Directors in 2012.

Matt Cate
Executive Director
California State Association of Counties

Matthew Cate began serving as the Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) on November 12, 2012, after serving for more than four years, under two governors, as Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. During the Brown administration, Mr. Cate also served as Chairman of the Board of State and Community Corrections and the Prison Industry Authority. In addition, in 2010, Mr. Cate was elected by his national peers as Regional President of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, Mr. Cate served for four years as the California Inspector General where he was responsible for public oversight of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Since 2007, he has also served on the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board. Prior to becoming California’s Inspector General, Mr. Cate served as a state and local prosecutor. From 1996 to 2004, he held the position of Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice. In 2003, while working on federal fraud and corruption matters, Mr. Cate was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Cate was a Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County, last serving in a special assignment prosecuting juvenile rape and murder cases. Prior to joining the public sector, Mr. Cate worked as a business litigation attorney with the law firm Downey, Brand, Seymour & Rohwer. Mr. Cate recently joined Stanford University School of Law as a Law and Policy Fellow. Mr. Cate earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Linfield College, where he was a National Scholar Athlete. He is a member of the California State Bar.

Greg Cox
San Diego County

Greg Cox has served the public as a member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors since 1995. He began his public service career as a teacher in the Sweetwater Union High School District. He was elected to the Chula Vista City Council and later served two terms as Mayor of Chula Vista. His expertise was tapped by the Governor when he was appointed Director of Local Government for the Office of Planning and Research. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Cox oversees a regional government with an almost $5 billion budget, providing services for more than 3 million people. Greg Cox has been a member of CSAC since 1998 and has served as President and he was Vice Chair of the Urban Counties Caucus. He is the only elected official in California to have been elected by his peers to serve as both the President of the California State Association of Counties and the League of California Cities. He is on the Institute of Local Government and the National Association of Counties. Greg Cox was also acknowledged as "Legislator of the Year” by a number of state and local organizations throughout his career. His colleagues elected Greg Cox to serve on the board of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Mike Johnson
Retired County Employee

Michael D. Johnson has served on the CSAC Finance Corporation Board of Directors since 1998. He was appointed as County Administrator by the Solano County Board of Supervisors in 1992 and retired from the County in 2011. As County Administrator, he provided day-to-day management and program oversight for all County operations, under the policy direction established by the Board of Supervisors. He was responsible for the development of the County Budget, which for FY2010/11 is approximately $790 million with a work force of 2,650 employees. Just a few of the Boards and Committees he has served on include the Solano Emergency Medical Services Cooperative, the County Administrative Officers’ Association of California, as Liaison with the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities, the National Association of Counties, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Sex Offender Management Board, and the National Association of County Administrators. Mike has spent his career working in public agencies in California, serving as the Chief Executive Officer for Shasta County for five years; Assistant County Administrative Officer – IGA in Monterey County for ten years; and Senior Administrative Analyst in San Mateo County for four and a half years. Mike taught graduate level course works in Public Administration at Golden Gate University, Monterey, California from 1981-1987. Mike received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1971 and Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of Colorado in 1973.

Steve Juarez
Public Member

Steve Juarez is Associate Vice President and Director of State Government Relations for the University of California, where he is responsible for all policy matters affecting the University that come before the California Executive Branch and State Legislature. Prior to his appointment to this position, Steve was an Executive Director with JPMorgan in the firm’s Public Finance Division, where he worked with State and local governments, higher education entities, and cultural institutions in meeting their capital and cash flow borrowing needs. Previous positions he’s held include Director of Financial Management for the J. Paul Getty Trust, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Government & Community Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Chief Legislative Representative for the County of Los Angeles in Sacramento, and Executive Director of the California Debt Advisory Commission. He has served in policy positions with the State Legislature and for local government in Los Angeles. Steve’s involvement with civic, philanthropic and education issues is varied and extensive. Steve serves on the Board of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Financial Services Corporation and is former Chair of the Board. He currently sits on the Board of the Southern California Leadership Network, a five-county program devoted to improving civic and community leadership in the Southern California region. He is a Senior Fellow with the Luskin School of Affairs Public at UCLA. For five years, Steve served as an appointed member of the Los Angeles City Fire and Police Pension Board. He is a graduate of UCLA (B.A., Political Science) and USC (Masters of Public Administration).

Pat O’Connell
Alameda County
Board Member Emeritus
Tom Ford
Tom Ford served on the CSAC Finance Corporation Board from 1996-2010, serving as President for 6 years from 2004-2010. Tom made great contributions to counties through his term on the Board including helping form the Investment Trust of California (CalTRUST) and serving on both the National Association of Counties and CSAC Deferred Compensation Advisory Committees as Chair. Since he joined the CSAC Finance Corporation Board he helped increase revenues from $403,096 in FY 96/97 to $4,169,050 in FY 09/10. Tom previously served as Treasurer-Tax Collector of Sonoma County before his retirement from county service.
Board Member Emeritus
Steve Swendiman
Steve Swendiman served on the CSAC FC Board since its inception in 1986 until he departed CSAC in 1995. During his tenure on the Board he served as both Chair and Executive Vice President. Steve made many great contributions to counties as he helped create much of the CSAC Finance Corporation core financial programs as they are today. One of Steve’s greater contributions was running the RFP in 1987 to select a program manager for the California Statewide Communities Development Authority. In addition to running the RFP, he sat on the interview panel that selected HB Capital Resources as program manager. In 1988 he helped reorganize CSCDA to include the League of California Cities as a co-sponsoring agency.




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