At the July 29-30, 2021 CCMF Board of Trustees meeting and dinner, we thanked Bob Gamble, Paul Arevalo, and Reva Feldman for their long tenure on the Board. Bob and Reva will be transitioning off the Board while Paul will remain on in a new role. Below are some Bios of each person as well as joint “thank you” messages from the CCMF President and CCMF Executive Director:
Bob Gamble has been invaluable as CCMF’s Treasurer. He brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization. He has had an impactful career through his various roles in both the public and private sectors. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, Bob worked in local government serving the City of San Francisco. He started in the Budget office of the Board of Supervisors and went from there to the CAO’s office. He was the deputy CAO for three years before accepting an offer to work as the Budget Director for the City of San Francisco under Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Bob then transitioned into a new role, the CFO of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. In this position, Bob executed a series of high-impact projects, including building Yerba Buena Gardens. After working in government for 20 years, Bob began a seven-year journey at The Goldman Fund, a private philanthropy foundation in San Francisco. Bob then transitioned to the private sector and began working at Public Financial Management–he has worked as a public finance consultant at the organization for the last 15 years. Bob’s financial expertise has been an enormous asset to CCMF. His fiduciary advice ensured that CCMF has managed its resources conservatively and prudently. Thank you for your service, Bob.
Paul is a forward-thinking and articulate professional who has provided steadfast and consistent leadership to the CCMF Board for years. He began his career in local government in the 1980s, working as the Finance Director of Bell Gardens. In 1990, Paul became the Finance Manager for the City of West Hollywood. He was promoted to be the Director of Finance and Technology before becoming the City’s interim city manager in 1999. Paul thrived in this position and now he has been West Hollywood’s city manager for the last 22 years. When he took on the city manager position, he played a pivotal role in accelerating the City of West Hollywood’s roadway improvement reconstruction project. Despite facing numerous challenges, the project was ultimately a success and was recognized with numerous awards. Since then, Paul has spearheaded a range of capital improvement projects, including the LEED-certified West Hollywood Library and impressive progress at West Hollywood Park. He has made meaningful contributions to the City of West Hollywood, all while promoting a robust local economy and a sound fiscal infrastructure. Paul is transitioning into a new finance role at Raymond James, and will remain on the Board as a corporate sponsor representative.
In addition to providing valuable insights to the CCMF Board of Trustees, Reva is the personification of all we should strive for in the city management profession. During her tenure as Malibu’s city manager, she proved herself a compassionate, hardworking and engaged leader. She assisted the City in growing its General Fund reserves from $7 million to $30 million. Reva has supervised several award-winning capital improvement projects such as the acquisition and renovation of Malibu’s first city hall building, the $60 million Civic Center Water Treatment facility, and the remodeling of the Malibu library. Furthermore, Reva played a key role in helping the city procure 29 acres of land, which is the largest vacant land acquisition in the City’s history. Beyond Reva’s tangible accomplishments, she has proven herself as a passionate leader and communicator. She has been praised by her peers for her altruistic personality, and her willingness to work tirelessly behind the scenes. Reva was one of 10 finalists in the running for the League of Women in Government’s 2020 Leadership Trailblazer Award, and was CCMF’s City Manager of the Year in 2019. In addition to being a CCMF Board member, Reva has volunteered on several committees for multiple local government organizations, including the California Contract Cities Association and the League of California Cities. Thank you for your service, Reva.
We are proud to acknowledge each of these Board Members for their consistent and valuable service to California’s city management community. We wish all three of you the best in your future personal and professional lives.