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Kathleen Rosenow


A founding principal of RSG, Kathleen Rosenow has 36 years of experience in community and economic development and related municipal services. Ms. Rosenow is a recognized expert in redevelopment, specializing in redevelopment project area formation, plan implementation, bond financing, affordable housing, commercial revitalization, and economic development. Ms. Rosenow has directed the creation or amendment of over 75 redevelopment project areas throughout California; provided fiscal consulting services in support of over $1 billion of tax increment bonds; consulted on redevelopment implementation projects including solicitation of developers; prepared financial pro forma analyses; structured financial terms and negotiated Disposition and Development Agreements (DDAs); structured and monitored tax increment pass-through agreements; verified tax increment calculations; and directed community outreach programs and educational forums.

In addition to consulting assignments, Ms. Rosenow has served as Chief Financial Officer for RSG since RSG's inception. As the organization has grown, she recognized the need to assess RSG's internal organization with a focus on delivering enhanced consulting services that are more effective and efficient. With the guidance of an organizational management consultant, she played a key role in instituting the RSG Academy for staff training, and enhanced Resource Allocation and Project Management systems company-wide. This knowledge base has allowed her to engage municipal clients in organizational development activities to achieve more efficient service delivery.

Ms. Rosenow served as a technical advisor on the California Redevelopment Association (CRA) Board of Directors. She has designed and presented many training sessions offered by the CRA, including the 2009 - 2011courses on Effective Agency Administration. She has served as guest lecturer at San Diego State University, and University of California-Irvine as well as a speaker for ULI Shaw Forum (on the Future of Redevelopment) and the American Society for Public Administration & University of La Verne.

Ms. Rosenow's introduction to the importance of community development occurred when she was a high school student in the City of Detroit during the 1967 riots. She was part of an inner-city high school music program that was selected by the City and supported by city business leaders to improve the image of Detroit, both nationally and internationally. Since that time, she has been motivated by the desire to improve communities, create jobs, promote better and smarter infill development, and make municipal government fiscally viable. She enjoys the challenge of leading redevelopment implementation activities, particularly the opportunities to work with community participants and stakeholders to influence and enhance their own communities. She also enjoys the challenges of being a small business owner and employer.


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Masters, Business Administration-Finance/Accounting, University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Wheaton College

RSG Academy

Consulting: The RSG Way
Management & Supervision
Analysis 101

Professional Memberships & Certifications

Former Commissioner, City of Santa Ana Community Redevelopment Commission (1983-1991)
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
California Redevelopment Association, Advisory Board Member