Advisory Group

CO$T Advisory Group

Advisory Group members provide important assistance to CO$T on specific projects or activities. Advisory members’ expertise and experience allow them to make valuable contributions.


Larry Anderson’s lifelong interest in economics underpin his contributions to CO$T. A former Mill Valley school board member, Larry contributes valuable perspective on the challenges facing our schools and a passion for working toward cooperative solutions.

Mike Arnold’s economics career, which has spanned several decades, focuses on the measurement of financial risk in the banking industry. In 2004, he formed ALCO Partners, a firm specializing on measurement of financial risk at US banks. Mike has taught economics at UC Berkeley and Dominican University’s Life Long Learning Program. Mike co-chaired two campaigns to prevent funding SMART with sales taxes. Over 100 of his op-eds on local economic issues have been published in Marin newspapers.


Al Dugan. A retired Lloyd’s of London underwriter, Al is currently a risk management consultant. He has 24 years of executive experience and completed complex analysis and risk management programs for many Fortune 500 companies. Al was recognized with Continental Corporation’s Chairman’s Award, that insurer’s highest award. Al brings to CO$T a wealth of financial analytical skills.


Susan Kirsch is a leader in Marin’s citizen activist community.  Her dedication to sound process, cooperative endeavor, and transparency defines her experiences as a consultant to nonprofits, founder of Citizen Marin, chair of Marin Coalition (2013-16) and as a strong 2016 challenger for Marin County Board of Supervisors.  Susan enjoys convening, problem solving and cultivating goodwill.


Mike Obley’s career spanned several decades in the global asset management business with extensive pension fund investment experience. This background led to his participation on the 2014-2015 Marin County Civil Grand Jury where he learned about the negative impact of benefit decisions made by employers to the Marin County Employees Retirement System in the early 2000’s. His financial industry and Grand Jury experience provide insight about the importance of government transparency


John Parulis is a consultant with the State of California CSLB, a director of Marin Cove Homeowners Association and a life long community and environmental activist, with web, web media and graphic design experience.


Linda Pfeifer is a former two-term Sausalito City Councilmember (2008-2016), Arts Commissioner, and Sausalito Chamber of Commerce Board Member. She advocates for transparency, pension reform, local control, and preservation. Pfeifer has a Doctor of Education from the University of San Francisco, is a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and serves as Secretary for the nonprofit, Open Space Sausalito. 


Charles (Chuck) Reite of Tiburon brings to CO$T an extensive legal background spanning 45 years, including 25 years as a trial attorney and mediator as well as a Military Trial Judge and U.S. Administrative Law Judge. Chuck served the Navy for 36 years as a Flight Officer and reserve JAG (Judge Advocate General legal corps).

John (Hutch) Turner is the driving force behind Novato.Exposed, an online forum focusing on issues, politics, and opinion in that community.  Hutch owns a small firm specializing in the chemical/biomolecular engineering field.  His involvement in Novato civic affairs includes Neighbors for Novato and regular blog posts that provide perspective to CO$T’s activities.


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