City of Santa Monica Office of Performance Management


Tim Dodd
Chief Performance Manager

Appointed as the Chief Performance Officer in January of 2017, Tim is no stranger to performance management. Prior to his arrival in Santa Monica, Tim served as Director of Performance Management for the State of Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was Performance Manager at the City of Baltimore where he helped launch their performance management program. Additionally, Tim has held elected office in his home state of Massachusetts, and holds a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University.

David Gardinier

Performance Management Analyst

David joined the performance management team as an intern in April of 2017 after being involved in government in Seattle, San Diego, and Los Angeles. He holds his B.A. in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University and both a Masters in Public Administration and Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California.

Mia Higginbotham

Performance Management Intern

Mia joined the Performance Management team as an intern in April of 2019. She received her B.A. in History from California State University, Long Beach and has been actively involved in local government and political campaigns for the City of Torrance. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach and is looking towards pursuing a Ph.D. in Environment and Sustainability from UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

Trevor Marsden

Performance Management Intern Emeritus

Trevor joined the Performance Management team as an intern in June of 2018.  He received his B.A. in political science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Trevor has past experience working in public relations and on multiple political campaigns. He is graduated with his Masters of Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2019 and currently works for the City of Los Altos, CA.

Julian Cernuda

Performance Management Intern Emeritus

Julian joined the Performance Management team as an intern in April of 2017. He received his B.A.’s in political science and Spanish from Wabash College in Indiana and his Master in Public Administration at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. He currently works as a Management Fellow for the City of Long Beach, CA.