Brain Trust

Ronald M. Arlas, Esq. has been a Marin civic leader for many years. He served on Larkspur’s City Council for two decades, including four one-year terms as mayor; previously he was on Larkspur’s Planning Commission. Ron was a Marin Civil Grand Juror and chaired its committee that produced a key report recommending the formation of the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority. Subsequently he was a founding member of Citizens for Wildfire Preparedness. Ron graduated from Cornell University and received his law degree from the University of Michigan. Admitted to the bar in D.C., California, and various Federal Courts, Ron practiced as a civil litigation attorney. He is a member of the Marin Rowing Association Masters program and has been scuba diving for over 20 years. Ron is married and has two adult children.

James Schmidt has multiple decades of experience in transportation matters, including public transportation, rail, road and highway systems planning and evaluations, and traffic systems management.  He is Treasurer for the Bay Area Transportation Working Group, a non-profit dedicated to creating a balanced transportation system for the Bay Area and frequent contributor to newsletter articles published by the group.  He has led engineering consulting engagements throughout the USA and Canada as well as Brazil and Australia.  Mr. Schmidt graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington as well as Northwestern University with a Masters in Transportation Engineering.  He resides in the Gerstle Park area of San Rafael.

Ed Jameson, Larkspur Ed’s experience is in corporate planning, financial planning and analysis, and CFO work at the top levels of large corporations and a computer software startup. He got a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford (Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi), and a quantitatively-oriented MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He started at Ford Motor’s Finance Staff reviewing proposed forward car programs and overseas capital projects.  After 2 ½ years he left Detroit for (birthplace) San Francisco’s Bendix Forest Products (Director of Corporate Planning, and ran an expansion program) until Bendix sold the Company to KKR to be broken up.  After the wood products biz, he re-potted himself into Banking with Wells Fargo (CFO of Corporate and International Banking Groups), then CFO of all lending at First Nationwide Bank (second largest S&L), and finished up as CFO of a computer software startup.