California Association of Counties Hires New Executive Director

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) has a new director at the helm. CSAC Deputy Executive of Operations and Member Services Graham Knaus was promoted to the job on April 11, becoming the 11th Executive Director in the organization’s 123-year history. He replaces Matt Cate, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

“As CSAC’s Deputy Executive Director of Operations and Member Services, Knaus has led improvements in providing direct services to counties, expanded opportunities for counties to share innovative solutions, has overseen significant growth in the Association’s educational Institute and development of communications platforms as advocacy tools,” according to a press release. “He also implemented effective policies and procedures to ensure the Association’s strong financial position. In 2017, Knaus served as the lead advocate on working with the Governor’s Administration on negotiating an In-Home Supportive Services agreement that worked for both counties and the state. He has also served as the Chief Executive Officer for the California Counties Foundation.”

Knaus has been with the organization since 2015, but he has a long track record of representing California’s counties. For a decade, he served as a senior fiscal and policy analyst for the County Welfare Directors Association of California. Before joining CSAC, he served as both Director of Health and Human Services and Budget Director for Placer County.


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