Dr. Frank Benest


Dr. Frank Benest a noted consultant and trainer on rightsizing public organizations, entrepreneurial government, civic engagement, leadership development and succession planning served as City Manager of Palo Alto, CA. Previously, Frank served as City Manager in Brea and Colton, California.

He is a Credentialed ICMA Manager and serves as the Senior Advisor to ICMA on Next Generation Initiatives.  Frank also chairs the Cal-ICMA Coaching Program.  Frank teaches at Stanford University and has been inducted into the National Academy of Public Admin.  In 2011, Frank was recognized by ICMA with its Distinguished Career Service  Award.

Dr. Frank Benest has a doctorate in management from Brigham Young University; a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.


Contact Information

Dr. Frank Benest
Retired City Manager
ICMA Senior Advisor on Next Generation Initiatives
Consulting and Training fro Public Agencies
Frank Benest Consulting
(650) 444-6261