Issue 114 - August 2021
California JPIA Welcomes Finance Director Jason McBride
The California JPIA welcomes Finance Director Jason McBride, a licensed CPA with extensive accounting, finance, and management experience whose professional background includes work at a Big Four accounting and consulting firm, as well as municipal leadership experience in the most populous city in Orange County.
“I joined the California JPIA to serve our members,” said McBride. “I really want to get to know the people with whom I will work at the Authority’s member agencies, to understand their needs as they relate to the Authority’s finances, and to learn how I can contribute solutions to those needs on the Authority’s behalf.”
McBride joins the California JPIA from the City of Anaheim, where he served as the strategic planning manager for Anaheim Public Utilities, senior administrative analyst for Anaheim Fire & Rescue, and management auditor for the city manager’s office. Overseeing multiple divisions, he most recently was responsible for long-term financial planning, water and electric rate design, and energy trading settlement functions of the utility. He previously was an auditor and consultant with the Transaction Advisory Services group at Ernst & Young.
“I am driven by learning, continued growth, and challenge,” he said. “I look forward to applying new insight to the industry of risk management pooling while continuing to serve the public and filling a critical role for not just one, but more than 120 public agencies.”
As finance director, McBride will be responsible for directing the finance functions of the Authority, including preparing financial statements and reports, developing the Authority’s budget, managing treasury and investment operations, and providing administrative financial support for not only the Executive Management Team but also the Finance Officers Committee.
Looking ahead, McBride anticipates leveraging new technology to augment financial operations and enhance data analysis.
“Transparent, relevant reporting to the members is critically important,” he said. “Data analysis tools can enhance our ability to gain meaning from large data sets. There may be opportunities to integrate new technologies to help the Authority be more efficient in its processes, increase automation and accuracy, and use data the best way that we can on behalf of our members.”
A certified public accountant, McBride earned his MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, with certificates in Digital Transformation and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University.
“Jason is a sound leader who will collaborate with the Authority’s staff and members to identify strategies and bring those strategies to fruition,” said Chief Executive Officer Jon Shull. “I am pleased to welcome Jason to the California JPIA.”
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