Arroyo Associates' competitive edge lies in our firm's ideal combination of extensive experience in performance auditing and management consulting, and significant line- and executive-level experience in local government administration and operations.
Nicholas T. Conway is the President and Founder of Arroyo Associates, Inc. Mr. Conway possesses over forty years of management and management consulting experience in the government/public sector, and has conducted numerous studies for school districts, cities, counties and other organizations, analyzing their key business functions. Prior to joining Arroyo Associates, Mr. Conway was a principal with Arthur Young & Company (which merged with Ernst & Whinney to become the current Ernst & Young), where he directed the local government consulting practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office, responsible for study engagements throughout the West Coast. Mr. Conway holds a M.P.A. in Municipal Finance from the University of Southern California.
Grace Eng Nadel is the Managing Principal and a Senior Consultant with Arroyo Associates. Dr. Nadel holds a Professional Doctorate in Policy, Planning, and Development where she specialized in the leadership development and management of public agencies. Dr. Nadel is skilled in strategic planning and building collaborative governance with between departments and local agencies. Her analytical experience includes an evaluation of a regional implementation of a transit technology program, financial budgeting and forecasting, organizational development, performance/service level benchmarking, program evaluation, and implementation planning. In addition to experience as a Senior Manager in the City of Culver City’s Transportation Department she has conducted management consulting services for the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, the Orange County Fire Authority, and the Community Development Department for the City of Irvine, and the Planning Services Department for the City of San Clemente. Dr. Nadel holds her Doctorate degree and a Masters of Planning from the University of Southern California as well as a B.A. from Yale University.
Charles S. Brobeck is a Senior Consultant and specializes in the analysis of law enforcement operations, management and leadership. Mr. Brobeck is the former Chief of Police for the City of Irvine – a position he held for 10 years. Prior to Irvine, he served as the Chief of Police for the City of Novato, in Marin County. In addition to serving as a Special Advisor to the Director of the State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Mr. Brobeck was appointed by then Governor Pete Wilson as a member of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). After retiring from law enforcement with 38 years of service, he joined Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), State and Local Solutions and served as their Director of Western Operations for Photo Enforcement.
Mr. Brobeck currently serves as a member of the POST Advisory Committee, which serves as the POST Commission's “sounding board” by providing a two-way link between the Commission and organizations that share an interest in the Commission's work. He also serves as a regular presenter in the POST Executive Development Course for senior-level law enforcement personnel; the course provides training on a variety of topics associated with organizational dynamics and development, personal and group leadership, and communication skills. Mr. Brobeck has served as a lead consultant on a number of analytical studies, including those of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff's Department. Mr. Brobeck holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University. He is also a graduate of the FBI's National Academy and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Program.
Charles Conway is a Senior Consultant with Arroyo Associates. Mr. Conway is a finance professional with over 40 years accounting, budgeting, treasury, financial systems development and auditing experience. Mr. Conway is experienced in both large and small, corporate and public financial environments. Prior to working with Arroyo Associates, he served as CFO for the Alameda Corridor East for twelve years where his accomplishments included installing a project based accounting system and creating time-phased funding/budget models for major construction projects utilizing federal, state and local grants. He was also able to minimize cash flow requirements by billing federal-state and local grantors aggressively and maximizing returns on investment; no independent revenue sources. As a finance professional, he is experienced both with implementing Oracle systems and with governmental ERP systems, as well as other financial reporting systems. He is interested in working with organizations to improve internal controls, processes and expertise. Mr. Conway holds a B.A. from John Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Michael VanBruene is a Senior Consultant with Arroyo Associates. He was the Consulting Services Manager for IntelliBridge Partners, where he was responsible for the firm's Southern California consulting services. Prior to his tenure at IntelliBridge, he was a Senior Manager with KPMG's Advisory Services Group, where he led public sector consulting engagements. Mr. VanBruaene has substantial experience providing consulting services to local governments, including internal audits, organization and program evaluations, performance measurement, risk assessment and management, feasibility studies, business process improvement, financial analysis, IT consulting, internal control and regulatory compliance reviews. He is a Certified Internal Auditor, and holds B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a M.P.A. from Pennsylvania State University.
Royleen White is a Senior Consultant who has been consulting for nearly 20 years to government clients, which have included the California cities of Alameda, Burbank, Dublin, El Cerrito, Fremont, Irvine, Livermore, Long Beach, Menlo Park, Ripon, Santa Clarita, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Sunnyvale and Tracy. Prior to entering the consulting field, Ms. White served for 23 years in California local government – the last twelve as a department head, including Director of Community Services, City Clerk's Office and Administrative Services. Ms. White has a unique set of skills, combining executive management and leadership experience in local government with technical consulting expertise in group and process facilitation, human resources management, organizational development, and training and coaching. Her consulting is aimed at planning for organizational development, establishing customer-driven organizations and building high-performing work groups. Ms. White holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton.