Board of Trustees

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Richard Averett
831-308-1508
raverett@rgs.ca.gov

Board Chair and Executive Committee Member, 401a and 457b Trusts
Regional Government Services Authority

Richard Averett has been Executive Director of Regional Government Services (RGS), a Joint Powers Authority serving other public agencies, since 2002. The Authority was founded to help public agencies share services and expertise, and have assisted almost three hundred other public agencies throughout the California and beyond. RGS is a founding member of the California Public Agency STARS (Self-Directed Tax-Advantaged Retirement System), two statewide trusts for 401(a) and 457(b) services. These trusts have been established to provide Deferred Comp/Defined Contribution services to public agency employees.
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Joseph Chan

Executive Committee Member, 401a and 457b Trusts
Public Agency CFO, retired

Joseph Chan is currently a member of the STARS Board of Trustees and has been serving as Secretary of the Board since inception of the trusts in September 2009. He retired from the Association of Bay Area Governments in 2009 after serving 26 years as Finance Director/CFO of the agency. In his retirement, Joseph continues to be professionally active by offering pro-bono management services to non-profit organizations.He is active in philanthropy in support of various societal causes. Joseph is a Certified Public Accountant (certificate inactive), and holds current memberships in the American Institute of CPAs and the California Society of CPAs. He studied business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with an MBA degree.

Jeff Titcomb

Jeff Titcomb

Executive Committee Member, 401a and 457b Trusts
Indian Valley Community Services District

Jeff Titcomb is the Office Manager and Board Clerk for the Indian Valley Community Services District (IVCSD). Jeff supports the special district by providing customer service, receiving payments, addressing billing issues, as well as any incidental tasks to ensure the business of IVCSD runs smoothly. In his role of Board Clerk for the special district, Jeff has completed five years of training through the California Special District’s Association.

Discovery Bay CSD

Discovery Bay CSD

Executive Committee Member, 401a and 457b Trusts

The Town of Discovery Bay Community Services District (CSD) provides and manages water, sewer, landscaping and recreation services for over 14,000 year-round residents. The Town of Discovery Bay was established in the early 1970’s and its residents enjoy small-town living against the backdrop of over 1,200 miles of Delta waterways. In partnership with the community, the CSD strives to provide effective and fiscally responsible municipal services in a manner which promotes a high standard of community life with a focus on the environment and the Delta.

After a careful review of the STARS program, the Town of Discovery Bay CSD selected STARS to best serve the needs of their employees. STARS also provides an opportunity for the CSD to participate with other public agencies to help STARS remain a valuable resource for all public employees.


Franklin Wong

Franklin Wong

Executive Committee Member, 401a and 457b Trusts
Transbay Joint Powers Authority

Franklin Wong is the Chief Financial Officer for Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA). Prior to joining the TJPA, Mr. Wong worked as the Deputy Director of Finance, Budget and Program Management for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. In his 20 years of service in the public transit industry, he has contributed to project management and analytical work for the Clipper regional fare payment system, BART’s operating and capital budgeting, planning analysis of Golden Gate Bridge toll increase, and route and schedule analyses of Golden Gate bus and ferry services.

Mr. Wong holds a bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as well as two master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, during which time he was a three-time recipient of the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Transit Hall of Fame Scholarship.

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