Jerry Newfarmer, retired President and CEO of Management Partners, a consulting firm helping government leaders improve how their organizations work. Prior to founding the company, Jerry served in public service positions with local governments in California and Ohio.
Jerry has counseled with local government leaders, elected and appointed executives alike, to help them solve problems and improve the effectiveness of their governments. With Management Partners, Jerry led a team of about 100 professionals to provide strategic and operational guidance for the leaders of many of the major cities and counties of the United States.
Jerry began his career with the city of Oakland, CA, where he served in a variety of management positions over a 10-year period, concluding as Assistant City Manager, the Chief Operating Officer role. Subsequent to his service in Oakland, Jerry served as the City Manager of the cities of Fresno, San Jose and Cincinnati. He also served as the leader of the State and Local Government Team in the National Performance Review. In addition to his public service, Jerry served as President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Newfarmer is a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in Business Administration. He received his Masters of Public Administration (with distinction) from the University of California at Berkeley. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Lieutenant after service on destroyers.
Mr. Newfarmer is a longtime supporter of Junior State of America. He attended JSA summer school in 1957, has served as board president, is a trustee member, chair of the audit committee, and strategic planning committee member.
He has also been active in professional organizations, as a member of International City/County Management Association, president of the California City/County Department of the League of California Cities, and as an active member of the Ohio and Florida managers associations. He has served as the Executive Director of the Large Cities Executive Forum, in which the top professionals in North America’s largest cities discuss matters of interest. He served as Chair of the ICMA Fund for Professional Management, and as President of the Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati, and has received the ICMA designation as a Credentialed Manager. He is the immediate past president of the Seasongood Good Government Foundation Board.