A California native and resident of Orange County for 56 years, Allan L. Roeder has witnessed and played a part in the County’s evolution from its agricultural roots to its current urban setting. His service in local government spans 37 years – a period when the numbers of cities tripled and the population doubled in Orange County. He holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from California State University- Fullerton and a master’s in public finance from California State University- Long Beach.
During this time, he served as City Manager to the City of Costa Mesa from 1985-2011 and, more recently, as Interim City Manager for the City of Garden Grove from January to September of 2015. Over the course of his career, Mr. Roeder assumed an active role in numerous regional governance initiatives involving transportation, public safety, waste management, communications and homelessness.
During the course of his public sector career in representing his municipal employers and professional organizations such as the League of California Cities and International City Management Association, Mr. Roeder had occasion to work directly with numerous local, County, State and Federal elected officials on policy matters and legislation.
He considers his greatest experience as having the opportunity to be a key participant from the initial visioning and planning through to the ultimate development of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, now known as the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.
In his retirement, he continues to serve as Board Chair for 2-1-1 Orange County, while also volunteering his background/expertise to public agencies and a variety of non-profit organizations. He lives in the Orange County area with his wife, Christie, of 20 years.