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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

East Bay Regional Park DistrictCandidate for Director, Ward 2

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John Roberts

Federal Bank Regulator
9,680 votes (6.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Empower the community's involvement at the EBRPD: Sanction balanced community groups at each major EBRPD park to provide input to the Board while working with Park Supervisors whose performance evaluations should consider their outreach efforts.
  • Increase accessibility to parks: Eliminate parking fees, diversify recreational opportunities by opening up sustainable muti-use trails for all, simplify the rules, improve trailhead education, and further focus programs to bring our youth to parks.
  • Improve transparency of EBPRD: Suggestion boxes at parks; Board meetings on Youtube; Park Supervisors listed on their Website; and hosting of public online discussion for review of any hazardous chemical use, development, or deforestation efforts.



Profession:Regulator - Provide direct operational oversight of financial institutions with $trillions in assets under management.
Senior Complex Financial Institution Specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (2011–current)
Manager, Risk Sharing Asset Management, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (2009–2011)
Regional Economist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (2001–2005)
Senior Associate - Banking Group, Moody's Investors Service (1997–1999)


Global Association of Risk Managers Financial Risk Manager, Financial and operational risk (2007)
CFA Institute Chartered Financial Analyst, Financial Analysis, Securities Valuation, and Portfolio Management (2000)
Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico Masters, Finance (1996)
University of California at San Diego B.A. , Economics (1993)

Community Activities

Underpriviledged Youth Mountain Bike Riding Coach, Youth Mountain Bike Adventures (YMBA) program through Bicycle Trail Council of the East Bay (BTCEB) (2013–current)
Trail work volunteer, Bicycle Trail Council of the East Bay (BTCEB) (2014–current)
Head coach of U6 Soccer - Team England, Piedmont Soccer Club (2016–current)
Coaching Support, El Cerrito Middle School Mountain Bike Team (2015–current)


I have worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for 12 years.  I hold a Master of Finance degree, an Economics B.A., as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designations.  My current job responsibilities include monitoring the management of a large and complex bank to ensure no undue risks are taken that would threaten our deposits. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe the EBRPD structure and culture has not changed much since its inception almost a century ago.  As the number of parks have increased, so should the effectiveness of its Board.

When cities such as Vallejo go bankrupt, and pension funds are constantly underfunded, something is amiss in the democratic process.  No one would vote for a candidate who states "I will spend the city into bankruptcy", yet it happens to turn out that way.  What is missing in many cases is for voters to keep elected officials on the right path by providing oversight, checks and balances, and a sense of community involvement.  It is not enough to vote and turn away until the next election cycle.  The structure at EBRPD should be opened up to allow for users to easily make suggestions. 

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