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Student/Professional Dinner - Oct. 21 - Ovrom Residence in Burbank, CA

An Evening with City Managers - ASPA Student/Professional Dinner


Event Details: Monday, October 21, 2013 from 6-9pm in Burbank, CA (Ovrom Residence)

Guest Speakers: Rod Gould, City Manager of Santa Monica and Scott Ochoa, City Manager of Glendale


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Rod Gould 

City Manager, City of Santa Monica


Rod Gould was appointed City Manager of Santa Monica in January of 2010. He received a degree in Economics and Political Science from Yale in 1979, and earned Master’s Degrees in Education in 1982 and in Public Administration from Harvard in 1985. Before becoming City Manager of Santa Monica, Rod spent four years as City Manager of Poway, nine years as City Manager of San Rafael, five years as City Manager of Monrovia, and five years as Assistant City Manager of Walnut Creek.


Rod is a member of the Executive Board of ICMA as a West Coast Vice President. He was Chair of the League of California Cities Pension Reform Committee from 2006-2012. He was President of the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities in 2005 and served on the League’s Board of Directors from 2007-2009. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Local Government in Sacramento. He was awarded the Wes McClure Award as a Manager of Distinction by the City Managers Department of the League. He served as City Manager in residence at Pepperdine, Cornell, USC, and UC Berkeley.


Rod and his wife, Rosaline, have two grown children.

Scott Ochoa

City Manager, City of Glendale


Scott Ochoa has served as Glendale City Manager since January 2012. Scott began his career in local government as an intern with the City of Monrovia in 1993, while in his senior year at Claremont McKenna College. After graduating from CMC with a Bachelor of Arts in Government later that year, Ochoa earned a fulltime position with the City. He continued to work for Monrovia during the day while pursuing a Master’s Degree at the USC School of Public Administration at night. In 1996, Ochoa earned his MPA with an emphasis in public sector entrepreneurship. By 1999, Ochoa had continued to rise through the organization and was appointed Assistant City Manager. In 2003, Ochoa’s duties expanded to include those of Assistant Executive Director of the Monrovia Redevelopment Agency, helping lead the community’s redevelopment and economic development efforts.


In March 2004, Ochoa was appointed by the Monrovia City Council as City Manager. Ochoa was responsible for the day to day operations of the City, under the general direction of the City Council. During his tenure, Monrovia continued its aggressive economic development program, worked to balance quality of life issues with fiscal constraints and development pressure, and restructured the organization to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing business environment.


Upon the retirement of long-time Glendale City Manager Jim Starbird, Ochoa submitted his name to be considered for the post. Glendale is seen by many as the premiere local government organization in this region. Having admired the community and the City’s achievements over the years, Scott was anxious to put his experiences and expertise to the test as Glendale City Manager. In the fall of 2011, the Glendale City Council granted Ochoa the opportunity and honor to serve the community when they selected him as the new City Manager at the conclusion of an intensive recruitment process.


Over the last 18 months, Ochoa has hit the ground running by learning City operations and forging community partnerships. Blessed with a supportive City Council and an expert Management Team, Ochoa is quickly integrating himself into the fabric of Glendale. His management philosophy is predicated on exceptional customer service, values-based management, and precision execution.


Scott is active in the community he serves, supporting and participating in several community groups including the Glendale Kiwanis Club, Glendale YMCA and Ascencia. He has also served as an adjunct instructor at USC’s School of Planning Policy and Development. Scott and his wife live in Glendale with their two children.