Staff

Brenda Roberts, CPA, CIA, CFE, City Auditor

Auditor Roberts assumed office as Oakland's elected City Auditor on January 5, 2015. She has two decades of professional experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner working with national firms KPMG and Deloitte. Read her full bio.

(510) 238-3378
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OFFICE OF THE CITY AUDITOR STAFF

Carlos Hickerson, CPA, CIA, MBA, Interim Assistant City Auditor

Carlos has a thirty-five year professional background in Finance, Accounting, Compliance and Project Management in a wide range of industries and has been in a consulting role for the past ten years for various clients providing executive search and interim management, process development and improvement, technical implementation project management as well as compliance program development and implementation.

(510) 238-7609
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Dena Shupe, Executive Assistant to City Auditor

(510) 238-4975

Randy Stukes, Administrative Assistant

(510) 238-6515

Alessia Dempsey, CIA, Performance Audit Manager

Alessia has 14 years of audit experience, working in both the public and the private sector. Alessia worked for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and Massachusetts Department of Transportation where she took on supervisor and Interim Director responsibilities. Her past experience also includes working for Ernst & Young, LLP, Boston Financial Data Services, and the American Automobile Association (AAA) - Northern California, Nevada and Utah, where she worked primarily as a Senior Auditor conducting operational and compliance type audits, as well as some information technology audits, and financial statement audits.

Alessia is a Certified Internal Auditor and has a Master’s degree in Accounting.

(510) 238-2093

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Orsolya Kovesdi, BA, MBA, Senior Performance Auditor


Orshi is a financial professional with over eight years’ experience in auditing as a staff and senior auditor. She specialized in management of compliance, collateral and operational audits in the private and government sectors. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Oxford Brooks University in association with I.B.S. (Budapest, Hungary) and a M.B.A from University of Hartford (CT).

(510) 238-6337
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Jennifer Lim, Performance Auditor

Jennifer grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended the University of Arizona where she received her B.A. in Economics. After graduating, she interned for the City’s Housing and Community Development Department in the Housing Assistance Center. The Center helps Oakland residents with housing related issues. She also previously held a social media internship with a non-profit in Oakland and a research assistant position with the University of Arizona's Department of Sociology, as well as other volunteer opportunities in various areas.

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Mark Carnes, Performance Auditor


Mark has 13 years of professional experience in the finance field where he was responsible for paying commissions to Financial Advisors for a small independent Broker Dealer. He also prepared the monthly Financials and worked on the annual audit of the company’s books. He then worked as an independent contractor doing research and performance and operational audits before joining the City of Oakland.


Mark has a BS in Mass Communications from Boston University. He holds a Certificate in Financial Planning, has been preparing taxes for the last 4 years, and is in the process of completing the Certified Fraud Examiner requirements.

(510) 238-6765

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