Mr. McPherson has over 28 years in local government experience and several years of private sector experience. He served most recently as Revenue & Tax Administrator for the City of Oakland, where he became a pioneer by being the first person in the country to tax, regulate and audit the cannabis industry. Prior to Oakland, he served as the Deputy Finance Director for the City of San Jose, where he was instrumental in developing the City’s in-house sales tax program which created the first Direct Pay Permit in the State, the agencies sales/use tax software program to monitor misallocations, trend analysis, audit leads and track county pool use tax revenues.
While working for the Cities of San Jose and Newport Beach, David partnered with the League of Cities influencing policy changes or protecting local sales tax revenue related to jet fuel, AB 990, SB110 and sharing agreements. In the private sector, he served as HdL’s Director of Compliance assisting local and state agencies with policy development for regulation, compliance, auditing and economic development.
David has been a member of the California Municipal Revenue & Tax Association, National Bureau of Business Licensing Officials, Government Revenue Collection Association, California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, California Public Parking Association, and the Government Finance Officers Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in History from California State University, Fullerton and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach, where he was named the “Future Urban Administrator of the Year."