The choice is yours!  Each coach has expertise and knowledge in a variety of areas including public sector management, finance, human resources, economic development, utilities, community engagement, among others.  As an aspiring manager, feel free to contact anyone of our coaches for enlightening discussions on leadership challenges, problematic work situations or best strategies to accelerate your advancement in local government.

Choosing a Padrino is simple.

  1. Review the Padrinos profiles below.
  2. Select one or two whose career path best suits your goals.
  3. Contact him via email or phone.

It’s easy, it’s confidential, and it’s tailored to you!


Chris Zapata
City Manager
City of San Leandro, CA

Dave Mora
City Manager, Retired
City of Salinas, CA

Espiridion “Al” Borrego
Associate Professor of Public Administration
University of Texas Pan American

Dr. Frank Benest
City Manager, Retired
City of Palo Alto, CA

J.A. “Tony” Ojeda
CivicTech and Associates

Jesus Nava Jr.
Assistant City Manager
City of Oxnard, CA



Lalo Perez
Chief Financial Officer
City of Palo Alto, CA

Severo Esquivel
City Manager, Retired
City of Fresno, CA

Norberto Duenas
Deputy City Manager
City of San Jose, CA

Emmanuel “Manny” Toribio
City Administrator
Prairie City, IA

Angel Rios
Assistant Director
Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services
City of San Jose, CA

Carlos P. Baia
Deputy City Manager—Development
City of Concord, NH