About Auditor Ruby

Courtney Ruby, CPA, CFE


On January 3, 2011, Courtney Ruby was sworn into her second term as Oakland’s elected City Auditor. She was first elected in November 2006 with more than 65% of the vote and again in November 2010 with nearly 67% of the vote. Auditor Ruby is committed to creating a model City Auditor’s Office that will work to ensure accountability and transparency in government for all Oakland citizens. In March 2010, an Association of Local Government Auditors peer review team found the Office of the City Auditor met the highest government standards in performance auditing.

As the Chief Accountability Officer,Auditor Ruby is committed to a risk-based audit approach, which identifies and prioritizes the areas of government most vulnerable to fraud, waste and abuse. During her first term, Auditor Ruby's team reviewed the City's hiring practices, public campaign financing, funding for children and youth services, library services fund, emergency medical services and paramedic services funds, Public Works Agency, the grant management for the Measure Y Violence Prevention Programs, CEDA and PWA receivables, and the Police and Fire Retirement System Pension Obligation Bonds.  Most recently, Auditor Ruby’s Office has examined the Fox Theater Renovation Project, the City’s Accounts Payable processes, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Internal Controls, Ranked Choice Voting Outreach, Bilingual Premium/Notary Public Pay, Measure M Emergency Medical Services and Measure N Paramedic Services.


Auditor Ruby is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. She has dedicated her life to the service of others and to ensuring that organizations manage their financial resources effectively. She is the former vice-chair of the Budget Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland and former Board Finance Chair for a local nonprofit that is dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness.


Ruby, a graduate of American University, began her accounting career with Deloitte & Touche as a public accountant and was later recognized as a Deloitte & Touche Alumni Role Model. The City Auditor’s career has also included several key leadership roles, including Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the 1996 Democratic National Convention, Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Democratic National Committee, and Chief Financial Officer for the Illinois Department of Human Rights.


Beginning in 2000, Ruby began to focus her leadership abilities on creating change in the nonprofit arena while deepening her commitment to serving those in need. In 2001, she became Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Episcopal Charities Service Center where she worked with several Bay Area nonprofits to create an environment of stability and success through structured change.


In 2003, Auditor Ruby traveled to Ghana to volunteer with children for almost a year, and funded  the education of these children until 2011. In 2005 Auditor Ruby became the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration of the East Bay Conservation Corps, a $7.5 million nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting youth development through environmental stewardship and community service. The City Auditor then made the decision to assume a greater role – impacting the lives of Oakland citizens by holding government accountable.


Auditor Ruby resides in East Oakland with her two precious boys ages four and five.