Mr. Benson is a consultant with the firm’s Management Strategies Group (MSG). He combines his background in public finance, labor relations, and employee benefits to provide local governments with strategic financial and operational advice.
Mr. Benson joins the firm after serving in several capacities at the City of Oakland, including most recently as the Director of Finance/Treasurer. He directed all activities of the Finance Department, consisting of the Treasury Bureau, the Controller’s Bureau, the Budget Bureau, and the Revenue and Tax Bureau, with more than 165 full-time equivalent employees. Prior to being appointed Director of Finance, Mr. Benson served in the role of Finance Manager and Budget Administrator, where he oversaw the development and implementation of the City’s two-year $3.3 billion operating and capital budget.
Prior to his work at the City of Oakland, Mr. Benson worked as a consultant with Sloan Sakai’s predecessor agency Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai. He also spent five years with Public Financial Management, Inc. (PFM), a national leader in providing independent financial advice as well as investment advisory, management, and consulting services to local and state governments and non-profit clients nationally.
While at PFM, Mr. Benson developed evidence for fact-finding and interest arbitration proceedings, including economic, financial, and compensation analyses. In addition to assisting municipalities with workforce analytics, Mr. Benson assisted in the development of long-range financial plans and budget projection models, identifying financial risks and challenges, and developing practical recommendations tailored to meet his clients’ needs.