Mr. Benson recently joined the firm’s Public Management Group™ (PMG) after spending nearly five years with Public Financial Management, Inc. (PFM), a national leader in providing independent financial advice as well as investment advisory, management, and consulting services to local and state governments and non-profit clients nationally.
While at PFM, Mr. Benson worked closely with Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP (RSHS) attorneys and consultants developing evidence for fact-finding and interest arbitration proceedings. In addition to assisting municipalities with workforce analytics, Mr. Benson has experience developing long-range financial plans and budget projection models, identifying financial risks and challenges, and developing practical recommendations tailored to meet his clients’ needs.
At PMG, Mr. Benson combines his background in public finance, labor relations, and employee benefits to provide California public agencies with strategic and operational planning, direction, and advice for bargaining.
In addition to PFM, Mr. Benson has extensive work experience in both public and private sector employment. Mr. Benson previously worked as an Underwriting Specialist at Cigna, Inc., a national health insurance and health services company, where he was responsible for pricing and managing employer-sponsored benefit programs. Before that, Mr. Benson served as a Legislative Assistant to a member of the Philadelphia City Council and also as a Legislative Assistant to a member of the New York State Senate.
Mr. Benson also holds the Retirement Plan Associate (RPA) designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
- Presenter, “Navigating Negotiations and Fact-Finding for Finance Professionals,” Municipal Finance Institute (2014)
- Co-author, “Managing Public-Sector Retiree Health-Care Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act,” Government Finance Review (2013)
- Presenter, “Negotiation Preparation and Fact-finding in the Post AB-646 Era,” Northern California Chapter of the International Public Management Association – Human Resources (2013)
- Contributor, “Addressing the National Pension Crisis: It’s Not a Math Problem,” The PFM Group (2013)