Dick Swanson has over 30 years of government finance experience. This experience includes serving as a consultant, Chief Financial Officer, and an elected official.
While at Deloitte for ten years, Dick served as a consulting partner in the public sector industry group. He led the firm’s Transit Industry Group and directed all West Coast public sector and transportation consulting engagements. He held national responsibility for coordinating public transportation-related engagements and was the firm's national representative to the American Public Transit Association and the International Mass Transit Association. His particular expertise is in financial planning, performance auditing and organizational and efficiency improvement studies. He also served as a government finance consultant in his own firm for thirteen years.
Until recently, Dick served over three years as the Chief Financial Officer of the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA). Prior to that time, he served two years in a consulting capacity as ACCMA’s investment advisor. As CFO, Dick was responsible for all aspects of finance operations, budgeting, treasury, policies and procedures, and accounting.
Dick served as an elected City Council member for the City of Mill Valley for eight years, including one year as its Mayor. As a result of this experience, Dick is able to foresee the impact of staff actions and is able to discuss complex financial topics in a way that is understandable to non-finance individuals.
Dick is a frequent speaker on topics of financial capacity and long term financial planning. He is also an instructor for the Graduate Program, University of California, Berkeley (Introduction to Public Finance).
As a civic volunteer, Dick is very involved in government finance:
• Member - Mayor's Fiscal Advisory Committee, San Francisco
• Member - American Public Transit Association and Financial Management Committee
• Member - California Transit Association Financing Committee
• Mayor and Councilmember - City of Mill Valley
• Board Member - Transportation Authority of Marin
• Board Member - Marin County Transit District
Dick attended the University of California, Berkeley where he received his BA in Economics, his Masters in City and Regional Planning, and his Masters in Business Administration.