Keith Curry has had a forty year career in business, public service and academia. In 2006, he was appointed to the Newport Beach California, City Council. He was subsequently re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2012. In 2010 and 2013 he served as Mayor of the city. While on the city council he served as Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the 1/1 Marines Memorial Committee and Chair of the Facilities Financing Plan Committee. Under his leadership, the city completed over $200 million in capital facilities, obtained AAA bond ratings and sustained its high level of public services through the 2008 recession. Mr. Curry was the alternate representative for the city to the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency.
He also served as board member and Chairman of the Administration Committee of the Orange County Sanitation District and a member and Chairman of the Orange County Parks Commission.
His local government colleagues elected him as President of the Association of California Cities Orange County and President of the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities.
From 2015-2017, he served on the board of directors of MBIA (MBI), the New York based, publicly traded, bond insurance company and re-elected to the board in 2016. He served on the Compensation & Governance and Finance & Risk committees of the board.
From 1987-2011 when he retired, Mr. Curry was a Managing Director and Partner of Public Financial Management (“PFM”), the nation’s largest public finance consulting organization. He helped grow the firm from 67 employees to more than 500 with offices nationwide. While at PFM he advised state and local governments on the issuance of more than $15 billion in debt financing and developed the long range financial plans for some of the nation’s largest infrastructure programs. His projects included the LACMTA headquarters building, the Denver rail transit system, the $500 million Anaheim/Downtown Disney financing, the $1 billion Foothill Eastern Toll Road, over $300 million in Arizona schools, Route 3 North in Massachusetts and the transportation sales tax programs in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. He was one of the original architects of the highly successful HERO finance program for residential solar projects. At PFM he was a member of the board of directors, the strategic planning committee, and director of the national transportation practice, the western states practice and the environmental finance practice.
During this time, he served as President of the National Association of Public Finance Advisors from 2004-2006 and testified before Congress on issues of regulatory reform and consumer protections.
In 2011, he founded and directed the Concordia University Irvine, Center for Public Policy, where he was named Visiting Professor and taught in the graduate business school until stepping down in 2016.
Prior to joining PFM, Mr. Curry served in the administration of President Ronald Reagan as Special Assistant to the Federal Transit Administrator and head of private sector initiatives in the Western States from 1982-1987. He was a Deputy to a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from 1980-1982.
He has a Master of Public Administration, BA in Political Science, and Certificate in Urban Studies from California State University Long Beach and has completed executive programs in Driving Government Performance and Negotiation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.