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Elena BolbolianDirector of Innovation, Performance and Audit

Elena has worked for the City of Glendale for 24 years in various capacities. Prior to becoming Director, she served as the Deputy Director of Community Development overseeing two divisions, Administration and Neighborhood Services, and was responsible for 45 employees. As the Deputy, she consolidated administrative procedures to build efficiencies in the wake of staff and funding reductions and oversaw the elimination of an inspection backlog and program restructure to produce more efficient inspection turnaround times. She started her career with Glendale having first joined the City as a youth worker in 1993 through the Glendale Youth Alliance’s youth employment program. Elena attended Glendale schools, then went to UCLA, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2002 followed by her Master's in Public Administration from CSUN in 2005.


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Jessie Zhang, Internal Audit Manager

Jessie has worked for the City of Glendale since January 2001. She holds a Master’s degree in accountancy from California State University, Los Angeles, with a focus on Information Systems. She has four professional certifications including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) licenses. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA), and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

 

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Natalie Minami-Valdivia, Senior Internal Auditor 

Natalie has worked for the City of Glendale since December 2001. Prior to working for the City, she worked as an internal auditor for one of the big four public accounting firms. Natalie holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Economics with an Accounting emphasis, and Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a CPA and CIA. She is also a member of the IIA and ALGA.

 

Sameel Salim, Internal Auditor

Sameel is a CPA with an Accounting degree from the University of Southern California. Prior to working for the City, he worked in the electric public utility industry for over 10 years performing a variety of operational, compliance, and consulting engagements. The lack of continuity and repetitiveness throughout his career has prepared Sameel to enter varying environments, quickly get up to speed, and deliver value-added recommendations that improve controls and/or operations.

 

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 Gregory Kajszo, Administrative Analyst 

 Gregory Kajszo joined the City of Glendale in 2016. He has over six years of experience in the private consulting industry, where he worked as a deputized project manager for multiple high-profile energy and transportation infrastructure clients. Gregory is currently pursuing dual master’s degrees in Public Administration and Urban Planning at the University of Southern California. He grew up in southern California and received his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach. He has been living in the City of Glendale since 2015.

 

 
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