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Richard D. Pio Roda

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Richard D. Pio Roda is a skilled and experienced strategic advisor and transactional attorney specializing in the areas of municipal and special district law, technology transactions, land use, real estate, contracts and procurement for corporate, non-profit, and government agencies throughout California.

Richard is the City Attorney for the City of San Leandro, Interim Assistant City Attorney for the City of Newark, General Counsel for the Mendocino County Community Development Commission and the Rodeo Hercules Fire District, and Assistant General Counsel for the Twain Harte Community Services District. Richard is also General Counsel to Goodwill San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin Counties, Inc., providing strategic advice and counsel on transactions and initiatives that advance Goodwill’s mission.  In addition to providing transactional legal services, Richard advises and counsels chief executives, city councils, boards of directors, commissioners, councilmembers and staff on the variety of issues they encounter on a day to day basis. He also routinely advises on risk mitigation strategies and litigation management. From 2004 to 2007, he served as the Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Milpitas and Oakley.

Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Richard was a Deputy General Counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District. He advised the District’s Facilities, Business, and Operations Departments in school construction, real estate, public contracting, technology transactions, and transportation.  Richard also advised the District’s Athletics Department on CIF regulations, and Title IX issues. He frequently counseled on all aspects of school construction, from design to close-out, and was Board Counsel during the Board of Education’s regular meetings.

Richard is frequently requested as a trainer and speaker on corporate and government ethics, conflicts of interest, public contracting, technology transactions, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act.

Richard was appointed by the Honorable Mayor Ed Lee to the City and County of San Francisco Human Rights Commission, a Charter Commission charged with vetting, reviewing and recommending policies related to human rights, anti-discrimination, and equity. Richard served on the Commission from 2012 to 2017. During his tenure on the Human Rights Commission, Richard was involved in numerous projects and policy working groups, including the Local Business Enterprise Advisory Committee and the Benefit Corporation ordinance working group. Richard also served on various non-profit boards, including Safe & Sound (formerly the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center).

Richard is a professional auctioneer and fundraising consultant for various organizations, charities, foundations, and nonprofits throughout the world. These include the Tokyo-English Life Line, the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, Safe & Sound (San Francisco), Winesong (benefiting the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation), and Nimbus Arts.


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