Graham Knaus serves as executive director for the California State Association of Counties (CSAC). Previously, he was the deputy executive director of operations and member services for CSAC. In that role, he was responsible for internal operations, communications, member services, and strategic planning, in addition to serving as CEO of the California Counties Foundation, which oversees the CSAC Institute and the Results First Initiative for evidence-based criminal justice in California counties. He has spent his career working for California counties, including six years with Placer County as the assistant director of health and human services and the county budget director. Prior to that, he served as a senior fiscal and policy analyst for the County Welfare Directors Association and legislative advocate for a firm that represents California counties. While in these roles, he was a primary strategic advisor for CSAC on the realignment of county health funds in 2013 and a principal architect on behalf of counties for public safety realignment in 2011. He received his BA in political science/public policy from UC San Diego and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.