John Gross

Director of Financial Management
City of Long Beach, California

John Gross is the Director of Financial Management for Long Beach, California. He has been a Finance Director or Executive Director for 43 years and has worked for making changes to improve financial operations, planning, and decision-making.  His previous positions include 20 years as Finance Director of Aurora, Colorado, Finance Director for Arlington Heights, Illinois, and also for Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  He served as Fiscal Officer for the Illinois Bureau of Employment Security, and as Executive Director of the Mt. Lebanon Parking Authority.

Mr. Gross has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and a M.S. degree in urban and public affairs.

Mr. Gross has been involved in improving governmental budgeting for a number of years.  He is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Management and is a past chair of the Committee.  He worked closely with the National Budget Symposium on State and Local Budgeting and the National Task Force on State and Local Budgeting.  Mr. Gross served as special staff to the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting (the NACSLB) which developed and released nationally recommended budget practices for state and local governments that serve as a standard even now.  As special staff, he did drafting work for both the budgeting framework and many of the budget practices that were issued by the Council.  Mr. Gross also has served on the GFOA Committee on Economic Development and Capital Planning.