Brenda Roberts, CPA, CFE, CIA
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.

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Stephen Lawrence
Assistant City Auditor

Stephen has over 14 years’ experience as a Staff Auditor, Senior Auditor in Charge, Audit Manager and now Assistant City Auditor. His experience includes both corporate and federal government auditing where he worked for the Government Accountability Office in Washington DC and Office of the Inspector General (Labor and Interior) in San Francisco.  While in federal government service he was awarded the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award twice and an award for outstanding audit work from the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. Previously, Stephen taught Middle School and High School, and now teaches Auditing and Accounting at California State University-East Bay and Saint Mary’s College. He earned a B.A. from the University of Dayton (Ohio), a Master of Education from the University of Missouri and a M.B.A. in Finance from Webster University (Missouri). He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

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Timothy A. Knight, PhD
Chief of Staff to the City Auditor

Dr. Timothy Knight is a scholar-practitioner with extensive professional and volunteer experience in human services. His primary areas of service include criminal justice, community organization, faith based initiative consultation, gerontology, special education, and youth advocacy and development programing. Dr. Knight is recognized most for his work with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the O.K. Program of Indiana, and his academic contributions to the ES2 Research Program, a STEM education research program based at Indiana University of Indianapolis.

Dr. Knight joined the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) in 1992. During his tenure there, he conducted homicide investigations and specialized in industrial accidents, police action shootings, and in-custody death investigations. He also provided consultation to branch supervisors and police administrators who were assigned to the Chaplain’s Office, the Gang Reduction Education and Training Program, the Police Athletic League, Crime Stoppers, and other units and community groups.

After retiring from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Dr. Knight moved to Oakland, where he served in a temporary role as Policy Analyst for Oakland’s Citizens’ Police Review Board.

Dr. Knight holds a bachelor’s degree in theology, and master’s degree in theological studies, and a Ph.D. in human services with a specialization in social and community services. His unique combination of human services, investigative, administrative, and organizational leadership experience, and his academic acumen makes him a welcomed addition to the Office of the City Auditor.

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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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Mary Seymour, BSc, MBA, CIA, CCSA
Performance Audit Manager

Mary has 30 years of successful audit, investigation and government compliance experience in progressive roles of responsibility ranging from staff auditor to executive audit management positions. Mary’s previous work included Internal Audit Director for Kaiser Permanente and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer for Sutter Health Systems. She assisted in organized crime investigations of fraud, led major multi-level information systems control initiatives and has broad experience in consulting with organizations and industries across the country and internationally.

Mary is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified in Control Self-Assessment, and is in the final process of completing the Certified Fraud Examiner requirements. She is a former California Public Health Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Sonoma State University and holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga.


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Orsolya Kovesdi, BA, MBA Performance Auditor Senior

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). 


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Robert McMenomy, Performance Audit Manager

Before joining the City Auditor’s office in 2016, Mr. McMenomy was a Special Agent for the FBI for over 28 years. He served in Oxford, Mississippi, San Jose, San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. In his most recent assignment with the FBI, he served as Complex Financial Crime (CFC) and Public Corruption Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the San Francisco Division of the FBI. The CFC Program included Securities and Corporate Fraud, Public Corruption, Foreign Corrupt Practices, Financial Institution, Mortgage Fraud, and Heath Care Fraud. Previous to his assignment in the CFC Program, Mr. McMenomy served as the Administrative ASAC in San Francisco and was responsible for and managed the Security, Training, Human Resources and Audit Programs for the San Francisco Division.

Prior to his assignment to San Francisco in 2007, Mr. McMenomy was the Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit (ECU) at FBIHQ. During that time, ECU managed and provided oversight over several major FBI investigations in Corporate and Securities Fraud. He helped develop the Forensic Accountant position for the FBI which assists agents in tracing funds and assets of individuals being investigated in all types of criminal and national security matters. As a supervisor and case agent from 1988 to 1998, Mr. McMenomy led several major investigations that concerned Securities Fraud, Money Laundering, and Health Care Fraud and general Investment schemes. He also provided substantive guidance and advice to field agents around the nation investigating possible violations of Bank Secrecy Act.

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