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Each of our Executive Board members has fought firsthand for the implementation of policies that provide municipal transparency, fiscal responsibility, and economic prosperity.

Jim Righeimer


CLEO Chairman Jim Righeimer is a Costa Mesa city councilmember and was for eight years that city’s mayor. As mayor, he made national headlines after going head-to-head with that city’s public union leaders, turning a $23 million deficit and neglected infrastructure into a $13 million surplus with $40 million invested in rejuvenating the city’s streets, alleyways and parks. He is president of the LMC Management Group and former president of the Arbor Capital Group and RF Comsites.

Jim RigheimerChairman

Dr. Jeff Barke

Board Member

Dr. Jeff Barke is an elected trustee for the Los Alamitos Unified School District, serving in his third term fighting to prevent the politicization of his district’s classrooms and advocating for a balanced curriculum. A family physician in private practice in Newport Beach, Jeff is also a reserve deputy serving as a tactical physician for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team. He has published several articles in The Hill on healthcare and has appeared on Fox News Special Report with Brett Baier.

Jeff BarkeBoard Member

Ceci Iglesias

Board Member

A Santa Ana school board trustee since 2012, Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias immigrated to the United States with her family. She worked for 20 years as a county social worker, founded a nonprofit organization to tutor deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and was a legislative staffer for state Senator Bob Huff. She is director of Education and Community Relations at the California Policy Center.

Ceci IglesiasBoard Member

State Senator, John Moorlach

Board Member

State Senator John Moorlach is the only Certified Public Accountant in the California capitol. Before representing the 37th Senate District in the California State Senate, John was elected Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector and then served two terms as an Orange County Supervisor. His professional expertise has been instrumental in assessing the financial needs and capabilities of municipalities to run efficiently.

John MoorlachBoard Member

Jim Palmer

Board Member

Jim Palmer is among the few – perhaps only – Americans ever to hold office simultaneously at the city, county and federal level. While the U.S. Senate-confirmed director of the Corporation for National and Community Service in the George W. Bush administration, he also served on the Orange County Housing & Community Development Commission, and was a Tustin city council member. Jim is president of the Orange County Rescue Mission, Orange County’s biggest private homeless services provider, and has served on over 42 different non-profit boards of directors.

Jim PalmerBoard Member

Kirk Uhler

Board Member

Kirk was first elected to represent Placer County’s fourth district in 1993. Just 25 at the time, he was the second youngest supervisor in California history. He returned to the Board of Supervisors in 2006 to fill a vacancy and has since been re-elected three times. A managing member of The Rensa Group, a consulting company that specializes in government relations and strategic business communications, Kirk has also served as COO of the Electric & Gas Industries Association. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and lives with his family in Granite Bay.

Kirt UhlerBoard Member

Fred Whitaker

Board Member

Fred Whitaker was first elected to the Orange City Council in 2010, and has served as mayor pro tem since 2014. He is chairman of the Orange County Republican Party GOP, and is the managing partner of Cummins & White, LLP, a Newport Beach-based law firm where he specializes in corporate counsel, business transactions, real estate & estate planning.

Fred WhitakerBoard Member

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