Richard is the Executive Director and CFO for the JPA. Since inception of the Authority on January 1, 2002, he has worked with the Board of Directors to implement the Authority’s strategic plan and manages day-to-day operations with a staff of professionals. Other regional-benefit programs Richard helped establish and manage include: serving as executive director of two other shared-services JPAs; chairing the STARS (Self-Directed Tax-Advantaged Retirement System), a statewide buying pool of public agencies for Deferred Compensation/Defined Contribution services at competitive pricing for public employees; and served as the first president of the Municipal Insurance Cooperative, a pooled purchasing program.
Richard began is public service career as a teacher in a public school system 30 years ago, and spent most of his pre-JPA career in municipal finance with a special district, cities and a county. He served as Director of Management & Finance for Arlington County (VA) and as Finance Director for the City of San Carlos. Richard attended George Washington University as an undergraduate and Law School student, received a BA from Columbus State University, and completed the Berkeley Executive Seminar in the Goldman School of Public Policy and the UVA Weldon Center for Public Policy.
LGS contracts with another Joint Powers Authority for administrative services. Key contacts are:
Executive Assistant / Management Analyst
Human Resource Manager
Director of Special Projects
Jennifer is the JPA’s Director of Special Projects. No longer working full time, Jennifer performs special projects and partner agency assignments, as needed.
Formerly, Jennifer was the Director of Administrative Services overseeing a variety of services including partner agency contracting process and staff assignments as well as being responsible for all human resources programs, payroll, training services, and including assisting partner agencies in identifying needs and assigning Authority staff to meet those needs. She administered human resource services provided to partner agencies and assisted the Executive Director in coordinating internal and external operations, as well as outreach. She can reached via email or phone.
Jennifer has over 40 years of professional, public-sector human resources experience as a director of human resources for a mid-sized city, and experience in education, special districts, state government, and counties. Her professional experience is in all variety of human resources, including employee development, training, management coaching, employee retention, strategic planning, employee relations, recruitment, benefits, and customer support. In addition to being the Director of Human Resources for the JPAs, Jennifer consulted on a range of human resource issues, including policy and procedures, employee handbooks, classification and compensation, recruitment, benefits, organizational development, and on a wide variety of issues and programs.
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in organizational development with additional certificates from the University of California at Berkeley in training and employee development. She has developed or led diverse and innovative recruitment programs for a wide variety of classifications; managed and conducted classification and compensation studies for individuals as well as large groups; analyzed and refined benefit programs to augment offerings as well as create employer savings; performed a variety of assessments; and she has developed tactical and strategic programs to manage the work of human resources.
Mi Ra Park
Finance & Operations Manager