Mike Edmonds, CIA
Mike Edmonds has over 25 years of local government auditing experience. He has served in executive level positions with the cities of Oakland, San Jose, Palo Alto, and the Contra Costa Water District. Mike has also worked for the California State Auditor General, the Territorial Audit Office in American Samoa, and several private consulting firms.
Mike is an active member of the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He has served on the ALGA Board of Directors as Treasurer and an At-Large member. He has also served on the Peer Review, Strategic Plan, and Membership committees. Mike has written articles for professional auditing journals and presented topics at numerous professional conferences.
Mike graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in Political Science and is a Certified Internal Auditor.
Alessia Dempsey, CIA, MSA
Alessia manages performance audits, provides guidance to audit staff, and assists the City Auditor in developing and updating internal audit work papers and templates, including the audit manual.
She has 15 years of audit experience in both the public and the private sector. Before joining the City of Oakland, Alessia was a Senior Auditor at AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah. Her previous experience includes Senior Internal Auditor at Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and MassDOT, Senior Internal Auditor at Boston Financial Data Services, and Audit Staff at Ernst & Young. Her expertise is in conducting operational and compliance audits, information technology audits, and financial statement audits.
Alessia is a Certified Internal Auditor. She has Masters (MSA) degree in Accounting and BA in Psychology from Stonehill College in Massachusetts.
Alessia is from Italy, has a 3-year-old child, and loves to travel.
Michael C. Houston
Michael joins the Office of the City Auditor on June 3rd as our new Fraud, Waste & Abuse Manager.
With over 15 years of professional experience, working in various Bay Area government agencies and nonprofits, he is a career public servant who has pursued more effective, efficient, and accountable services for the public. Before coming to Oakland, Michael worked at Cal State University East Bay, where he oversaw the campus’ internal audit function and Whistleblower Program. Previously, Michael held increasingly responsible roles at the City of San Jose Auditor's Office, where he conducted and led performance audits of a wide range of city services and internal operations.
Michael has a Master of Public Policy degree from U.C. Berkeley, a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Sonoma State University, and is a Certified Internal Auditor.
Orsolya (Orshi) Kovesdi, MBA
Orshi is responsible for planning, executing, and reporting on operational and mandated performance audits.
Orshi is a financial professional with over ten years of experience in auditing. She specializes in compliance, collateral, operational and financial audits in both private and governmental sectors. She also has extensive experience in administrative operations and data analytics.
She holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Hartford and BA in Business Studies from Oxford Brookes University, in association with the International Business School in Budapest, Hungary, and minor in Marketing.
Mark Carnes, CFP
Mark plans and leads performance audits on City processes and compliance with legislation.
Mark has 15 years of professional experience in the financial services industry. Before joining the City Auditor's’ office, he was an independent contractor specializing in performance and operational audits, research, and tax preparation. Prior to that, he worked as a Commissions Accounting Specialist for Protected Investors of America.
Mark has a BS in Mass Communications from Boston University. He holds a Certificate in Financial Planning and is studying to obtain a Certified Fraud Examiner certification.
In her current role, Jennifer assists in conducting audits of City operations and financial analyses of proposed ballot measures.
Jennifer has been with the City Auditor’s office for over two years. Prior to this, she interned with the City of Oakland's Housing and Community Development Department, helping residents with housing-related issues.
Jennifer attended the University of Arizona where she received a BA in Economics and minors in Spanish and Communications. While attending the U of A, she was a Research Assistant in the Sociology Department.
Jennifer grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in her free time enjoys rock climbing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
In his current role, Daniel assists in conducting audits of City operations and financial analyses of proposed ballot measures. In addition, he is the lead analyst for the Whistleblower Program, conducting research and analysis to support case resolutions for management.
He brings significant auditing experience to the City, having worked as a Staff Auditor for Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co. and as a Senior Accounting Analyst at InsideView Technologies, Inc.
Daniel attended the University of Puget Sound where he received a BS in Economics and minors in Mathematics and Business.
He was raised in Oakland and is honored to serve the City he grew up in. His free time is spent with friends and going to Oakland A’s games.
Dena Shupe, MPP
Dena supports the City Auditor with all administrative, financial, and operational activities, including managing staff, overseeing projects, and maintaining inter- and cross-departmental relationships within the City of Oakland.
Dena brings years of management experience, policy skills, and a passion for equity, collaboration, and inclusion. Prior to attending graduate school, she managed a law firm in Berkeley for several years. She was also a program coordinator for the University of Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies, managing the Workshop on Environmental Politics Program.
She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Mills College with an academic focus on racial equity and increasing community participation in policy-making, and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
As the Administrative Assistant, Randy does a little of bit of everything - from managing the City Auditor's busy calendar, coordinating logistics for all meetings, events, and engagements, to managing department billing and purchasing activities.
He comes to the City Auditor’s Office with rich professional experience in a wide range of private industries, including software publishing, nonprofit art galleries, and audio-video technology, specializing in client support, sales, brand marketing, and administration.
Randy is a graduate of the College of Charleston and holds a BA in Arts Management, Psychology.
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